Social media influencers in the UAE must let followers know if posts were paid for

The rules come at a time when the UAE is issuing new rules for electronic and social media platforms in what the government says is an effort to make them more reliable. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 April 2018
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Social media influencers in the UAE must let followers know if posts were paid for

DUBAI: UAE’s Federal National Council issued a new rule on Tuesday for social media influencers demanding they declare when their posts were paid advertisements, local daily Khaleej Times reported.
The rules come at a time when the UAE is issuing new rules for electronic and social media platforms in what the government says is an effort to make them more reliable.
“This is a business, just like any other, and these social media influencers must be transparent, especially since many of them have hundreds of thousands of followers who trust their judgment,” said FNC member Hamad Al-Rahoomi. “If you post a video promoting a cafe, you need to inform your followers that you are being paid for it, before being paid.”
Members of the council called for “closer observation” of the content shared by influencers, especially on Instagram and Snapchat.


With Mo Salah’s World Cup dream in doubt, the Arab World erupts in anger

Updated 27 May 2018
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With Mo Salah’s World Cup dream in doubt, the Arab World erupts in anger

  • As Egypt’s Mohammad Salah contemplates watching the World Cup from the sidelines, the social media world has erupted with outrage and support for the footballing superstar
  • Salah suffered the agonizing injury during the Champions League final on Saturday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos took down the Liverpool attacker in the 31st minute of the match
DUBAI: As Egypt’s Mohammad Salah contemplates watching the World Cup from the sidelines, the social media world has erupted with outrage and support for the footballing superstar who suffered a dislocated shoulder in a tackle that left armchair pundits around the world asking why the referee did not call a foul.

Salah suffered the agonizing injury during the Champions League final on Saturday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos took down the Liverpool attacker in the 31st minute of the match.

Despite his best efforts to play on, Salah accepted defeat and walked off the pitch, clearly in a lot of pain, crying – while Ramos watched on — Liverpool went on to lose the cup final in a humiliating 3-1 defeat.

Now experts are questioning whether Salah will be able to play in the World Cup, which is just weeks away – sparking tsunami of reaction on social media as fans expressed their anger at Spaniard, Ramos, for what many say was excessive aggression and the referee for not calling a foul.

“Sergio Ramos, deliberately looks to hurt Mo Salah shoulder, you don’t put somebody into a arm lock like that by accident, disgusting,” GeorgeBakhos1 tweeted.







"Curse the ancestry that brought you to life, Ramos you buffalo," Karl Sharro tweeted.


One user even wrote a letter addressed to Ramos on how he “injured not Mo Salah but the hearts of football fans around the world.”



"My blood is burning, Ramos you son of a dog," tweeted IbrahimFayek.


"Your tears are precious to us, God willing it isn't a serious injury and you will raise the trophy. Ramos you son of a dog, I hope you get paralyzed," an angry user tweeted.





Salah’s injury even enlightened Muslims around the world, pushing them to head to the mosque and pray for the Egyptian.


Pictures of the incident went viral, with memes of Ramos flooding twitter and Instagram homepages.








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