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.


Asian Cup Media Committee hits out at BeIN Sports presenter over political comments

Updated 17 January 2019
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Asian Cup Media Committee hits out at BeIN Sports presenter over political comments

  • BeIN Sports presenter denounced for talking about politics during the Iran-Iraq clash.
  • Asian Cup Media Committee call on AFC to take appropriate action to separate politics from sports.

LONDON: The Asian Cup Media Committee has denounced the behavior of a beIN Sports presenter during Wednesday’s Group D clash between Iraq and Iran for bringing politics into sports while also commenting on Thursday’s Saudi Arabia-Qatar encounter.
Mentioning politics while broadcasting is against FIFA’s laws and regulations as well as the governing principles of the International Olympic Committee that prohibit misuse of sports for political purposes, the committee said.
The Committee disputed the presenter’s claims on the alleged absence of Qatari fans during the championship, citing the Qatari media delegation’s statements to AFP that the Qatari official delegation did not encounter any problems or obstacles during the championship.
In addition to that the committee also cited the Asian Football Confederation’s statements that showed up the Qatari channel presenter’s allegations of on the absence of Qatari fans as false.
The Committee affirmed that all efforts were being made during the championship to ensure the smooth attendance of fans supporting their national teams at the tournament taking place across the UAE.
The Committee called on the AFC to take appropriate action to separate politics from sports, affirming that it reserved the right to take all necessary legal action in collaboration with authorities concerned against the channel and its presenter.