Can’t say I didn’t see it coming…

Last month I wrote about a survey on people’s attitudes to You Tube in the UAE.

youtubelogoToday, there is an article in the Gulf News titled Police highlight negative aspects of YouTube. Here it is…

By Siham Al Najami, Staff Reporter Published: April 03, 2009,

Dubai: A session held at Dubai Police highlighted the negative aspects of YouTube as part of the Juvenile Association in Dubai’s duty to raise public awareness on the dangers of the internet.

Last month Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Association, called for the YouTube website to be blocked.

He said the video-sharing website included indecent material that influenced the younger generation towards delinquency. He added the association was launching a campaign for this purpose, as its duty to protect the youth.

The areas of discussion with a delegation from Google covered the site’s negative points such as showing pornographic clips and blasphemous clips that mock religions.

“Dubai Police completely supports the personal freedom of every individual but there is certain content on YouTube that is absolutely unacceptable to any country, society or individual,” said Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police.

Dubai Police will collaborate with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to ensure the safe use of the internet that will encourage the youth to benefit from it.

Google’s Gisel Hiscock, Director of New Biz Development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said her visit was part of a tour she is undergoing in the region to listen to ideas and recommendations as well as to prepare for future meetings with officials to address specific concerns.

End of Article

Guess I’d better watch the rest of the items on Greg Rutter’s Definitive List of the 99 things you should have already experienced on the internet unless you’re a loser or old or something before it’s too late!

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