Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) closed 8,894 social networking accounts that were used to peddle counterfeit goods last year, it announced on Sunday.
The DED’s commercial compliance and consumer protection (CCCP) sector said the crackdown was part of protecting trademarks and eliminating practices that are harmful to e-commerce.
The electronic compliance section in CCCP tracked the fraud and closed down the accounts in collaboration with owners and representatives of the brands that were subject to the infringement. Together, the accounts were found to have more than 94.5 million followers and 80 percent were Instagram accounts, although other platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, were also used by the violators.
Ibrahim Behzad, director of intellectual property rights protection management in CCCP, said: “Social networking accounts have come in handy for many who trade in counterfeit goods nowadays but the Electronic Compliance section maintain tight vigil to prevent such misuse of modern technology and protect the reputation of Dubai as a competitive business hub.”(arabianbuisness.com)