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Amazon bows to UAE pressure to restrict LGBT search results

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Amazon has bowed to pressure from the United Arab Emirates and restricted search results for LGBT-related products such as books and rainbow-coloured flags on its website in the country.The company decided to restrict the searches after being threatened with penalties by the UAE government, according to the New York Times which first reported the story.The news comes as Pride month, designed to celebrate LGBTQ+ people around the world every year, comes to an end.Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE, one of 69 countries in the world that have laws that criminalise being gay.“As a company, we remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we believe that the rights of LGBTQ+ people must be protected,” an Amazon spokesperson told the BBC.

However, they added: “With Amazon stores around the world, we must also comply with the local laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.”Earlier this month, authorities in Saudi Arabia seized rainbow-coloured toys and children’s clothing, which they claimed encourage homosexuality, according to state TV Al Ekhbariya.

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