Amazon has given in under pressure by The United Arab Emirates and restricted search results for products that are LGBTQ+ such as rainbow-coloured books, books, and flags on its site in the country.
The company was forced to limit the scope of its searches following threats of sanctions and fines by authorities from the UAE government, as per The New York Times which first published the story.
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The announcement is announced in the midst of Pride month, which is designed to honor LGBTQas well as people across the globe every year, is coming to an close.
Homosexuality is a crime in the UAE as one of the 69 nations around the world with laws that make homosexuality illegal.
“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 spoke to the BBC.
They added that “With Amazon stores around the world, we must also comply with the local laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.”
This month, officials have in Saudi Arabia seized rainbow-coloured toys and clothing for children. they said encourage homosexuality, according to the state TV Al Ekhbariya. It reported that the ministry of commerce took a variety of products from shops in the capital city of Riyadh such as T-shirts, skirts and hats hair clips, pencil cases.
Saudi Arabia has also banned films that feature or refer to sexual minorities. The kingdom announced in April that the Kingdom claimed it had requested Disney to eliminate “LGBTQ references” from the Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness However, Disney did not agree.
Disney’s newest animated film, Lightyear, which features the same-sex kiss. It has been restricted from Saudi Arabia and more than twelve other countries.