Dubai shuts down 4,879 social media accounts, 30 websites

The fake products sold online included bags, perfumes, watches, accessories and cosmetic products and others. (File photo: Shutterstock)
Updated 06 August 2018
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Dubai shuts down 4,879 social media accounts, 30 websites

DUBAI: Over 4,800 social media accounts and 30 websites were shut down by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) for selling fake products this year.

The DED worked with brand representatives to shut down the accounts. The accounts reportedly had 33.5 million followers.

The fake products sold online included bags, perfumes, watches, accessories and cosmetic products and others.

The move comes as Dubai aims to be a leading trade hub.

“Social networking accounts have come in handy for many who trade in counterfeit goods nowadays but the IPR team maintains tight vigil to prevent such misuse of modern technology and protect the reputation of Dubai as a competitive business hub,” director of Intellectual Property Rights Protection Management at DED, Ebrahim Behzad said.


New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Updated 18 February 2019
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New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed
  • Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand’s government has announced plans for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed.
She said the proposed digital services tax would tax multinational online companies at about 2 or 3 percent on the revenue they generate in New Zealand. She said the rate is in line with other countries considering similar taxes.
Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year. He said New Zealand will continue working with the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development to find an international solution to the problems of taxing big online companies.