UAE shuts down 160,000 websites, social media promoting drugs, crime

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UAE authorities have shut down 160,000 websites and social media accounts that were used to promote drugs and crime, said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement at the UAE Cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday (March 18). He did not say when the websites and accounts were shut down.

Sheikh Mohammed said the digital purge was done with the help of the Digital Quality of Life Council and social media companies.

“This council, in collaboration with various social media platforms, has successfully eliminated over 160,000 websites and accounts that targeted our youth, through promoting substance use and unfavorable habits that are foreign to our culture,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

He called on families, schools and the media to play a role in protecting the youth, calling them the the “most important assets for the country’s future development.” ICA/Expat Media

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