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Unblock Wattpad in the UAE

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"The TRA (Telecom Regulatory Authority) decides what internet censorship policy is in the UAE, not the telecom companies Etisalat and Du, although many residents will feel that Etisalat in particular is the decider of what is and is not allowed. This perception is possibly because there are some areas in the Du Telecom network that have no, or less, censorship of the internet, for example Dubai Media Zone and the TECOM area. The TRA has said in 2008 and 2009 that these areas will have to come under the UAE censorship policy.. The filtering policy concentrates more on pornography, dating, gambling, and other culturally or religiously offensive internet content." (Internet Censorship UAE)

Wattpad, like Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Vine, Facebook and many others, is a form of social media, used to write stories.

It is the innovative way of connecting between the author and the reader, but online. Bonds are made, friendships as well, not only that, but possible publishing deals as well.

Wattpad is a method of reading online just like every other iBook app/website, however, this one allows commenting as well as communicating with the author.

Categories in the website are kept separate, meaning content such as pornography will be removed if the warning is not added. Because there are also children using the app/website, obscenities are usually reported and removed if need be. Necessary precautions are always taken.

For it to be blocked in the UAE is an absurd measure to be taking, as many of today's generation use it to read and write, as well as communicate with others on it, as this too, is an important app and website in the social networking world.

I started this petition because I myself read and write on Wattpad on a daily basis. I, like many of my friends, find it to be a lifestyle. I'm sure many others here in the UAE do as well since it is basically the only way to get any teenager to read in the form of words written on the screen.

By signing this petition, you'll bring back the app and website that we all love using to read and write with friends and family alike.



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