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Facebook has been blocked in the UAE. [Feb. 3rd, 2008|09:14 am]
susan smitten
Facebook has been blocked in the UAE.

Edit: I read that it's unblocked again. There's a theory it was blocked to reduce traffic since service is compromised in the whole country. It's not my theory.

[User Picture]From: slfcllednowhere
2008-02-03 05:33 am (UTC)
WTF why?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2008-02-03 05:39 am (UTC)
According to the outstandingly grammatical image that loads in is place, "We apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political, and moral values of the United Arab Emirates."
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[User Picture]From: _lackof_passion
2008-02-03 06:31 am (UTC)
countries can block websites?
i had no idea.
im really surprised lj hasnt....
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2008-02-03 08:41 am (UTC)
the uae has a government-monopoly isp, which routes everything through a proxy server. i'm only amazed it took them this long to get to facebook - they've been blocking lj on and off for years.
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2008-02-03 11:48 am (UTC)
>i'm only amazed it took them this long to get to facebook
exactly... i remember when dubaiwalla told me flickr was blocked there b/c it was still opening in oman. i think in general, the uae is more anal about its censorship than oman is. really sucks that it's blocked. i kinda know what the feeling is b/c my employers have bit-by-bit blocked websites like facebook in recent weeks and at this rate they'll close bbc and wikipedia down too for time-wasting!
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[User Picture]From: mactavish
2008-02-03 08:22 pm (UTC)
Flickr, too. There is, in fact, an entire Flickr group dedicated to posting pictures from the UAE, just out of feistiness because Flickr is so often blocked.
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[User Picture]From: mactavish
2008-02-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
China blocks quite a lot of the web, too.
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