YouTube, Google deny censorship in UAE

15 April 2009

YouTube and Google say they have no plans to monitor the Internet or ban online content in the UAE. Alhtough several representatives from Google, which owns YouTube, did meet informally with Dubai Police in March to help foster mutual understanding, the companies are not in the process of drawing up a censorship plan for the UAE, a spokesperson said. Google was responding to a report from the Doha Centre for Media Freedom, which called on the company to reject what it said was a request from Dubai Police to ban approximately 500 terms from the website's search engine.

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