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.