Popular image hosting site finally gets uncensored after four years.
We have lamented about the fact, and probably most of us has lodged complaints to our ISPs to get the worldwide popular image hosting site Flickr unbanned in the region. The reason for the ban was never clear, anyway, especially when similar file hosting sites like Photobucket is accessible.
But yesterday, Yahoo! (which Flickr is a part of) said that it has come to agreement with the two ISPs in the UAE and has successfully managed to lift the ban against the website, with the exception of Flickr Groups.
Ahmad Nassef, Vice-President and Managing Director of Yahoo! Middle East, was quoted as saying: “Overall, this is a very positive development for UAE users, as well as advertisers.
“We are continuing to work with the authorities in the UAE to find a resolution that would lead to the unblocking of the Groups category.”
Since no official reason for the unban was given, we will take a swing at a guess and say that due to Flickr’s recent addition to filter content, much like YouTube, it now allows to sort out offensive and illegal material of the site and from the region.
Flickr was banned since 2005.