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.


Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

Updated 18 October 2018
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Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

  • Days after the surprise victory of President Donald Trump, CEO Mark Zuckerberg brushed off assertions that the outcome had been influenced by fictional news stories on Facebook
  • Facebook offered reporters a peek into the war room to show off its improved ability to prevent foreign interference in the upcoming US midterm elections

MENLO PARK, California: Facebook is showing off its new “war room,” a center for combating fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections.
It’s the social network’s latest public signal that it takes election interference seriously ahead of the midterms.
Facebook didn’t always take the risk of election interference seriously. Days after the surprise victory of President Donald Trump, CEO Mark Zuckerberg brushed off assertions that the outcome had been influenced by fictional news stories on Facebook.
That attitude shifted as criticism of the company mounted.
Facebook offered reporters a peek into the war room to show off its improved ability to prevent foreign interference in the upcoming US midterm elections.
But critics fear the war room is more of a publicity stunt than an effective solution.