Orkut fans upset as site is blocked

DUBAI - Internet users in the UAE have expressed anger over the decision of Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) to block the popular social network web site www.orkut.com.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Thu 5 Jul 2007, 8:45 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Feb 2023, 10:33 AM

TRA decided to block the site yesterday after discovering that obscene material was being posted by members of the network.

“We have received complaints from a newspaper and some individuals saying that objectionable material, including pornographic content, were posted on the site. We checked the site and found out that there were a few things which cannot be allowed in the UAE,” TRA spokesperson said.

“Our technical affairs department has issued an official letter to Etisalat to block the site,” he added.

An Etisalat official said, “Orkut was blocked following instructions from TRA.”

Meanwhile, many Internet users have branded the decision as “burning the house to kill a rat.”

“It is a childish decision to block www.orkut.com. I managed to keep contact with all my friends across the world through Orkut.

After I began using Orkut, I got connected with my old friends whom I had lost contact with,” said Arif Zain, a resident in Dubai.

“I understand that some people misused the site. But it is a common phenomenon for any social network. In this case, I would suggest TRA should ban Internet,” he added.

Delphin Vinod, a resident in Abu Dhabi, said the decision was unfortunate. “Technology has always been misused. But that does not mean that we should stop using technology. Instead of blocking the site, they should streamline it,” she said.

Wilson Joseph, a media professional, said, “It was an immature decision. I agree that some people posted some pornographic pictures and video on the site. But the users can choose what they want. Blocking the site was not the solution.”

“All the social networks and chat rooms on the Internet have been misused. Orkut was very helpful in reuniting old friends and meeting new friends,” he added.

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