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Social media influencer in Egypt detained 4 days pending investigation over TikTok video

Egyptian authorities arrested Hossam on Tuesday for posting videos which they described as "inciting debauchery and immorality"

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 23 Apr 2020
Social media influencer Hanen Hossam
Haneen Hossam in a screenshot taken from the video that caused her arrest
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Egypt's prosecutor general ordered the detention late Wednesday of social media influencer Haneen Hossam for four days pending investigations.

The official charges leveled against Hossam and the results of the investigations will be announced in a statement on Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said in a brief statement.

Egyptian authorities arrested Hossam on Tuesday for posting videos which they described as "inciting debauchery and immorality," a security source said.

Hossam, who has 1.2 million followers on social media app TikTok, posted a video to recruit women to join a group she created on short video sharing platform Likee, with the purpose of promoting the platform in return for payment.

TV hosts denounced the video, deeming inciting of debauchery.
 
Hossam has denied the accusations and said her videos had been taken out of context.
 
Earlier this week, Cairo University ordered an investigation with Hossam, who is a second-year archeology student at the university, for exhibiting "behaviors inconsistent with public morals and the university's values and traditions."
 
University President Mohamed El-Khosht said the university will seek the maximum penalty against the student, which could reach expulsion.
 
 
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