Egyptian TikTok influencer detained on charges of ‘inciting debauchery and immorality’

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 23 Apr 2020

Haneen Hossam (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A Cairo court on Thursday ordered Egyptian social media influencer Haneen Hossam be detained pending investigation for 15 days, after she was arrested on Tuesday for posting videos on TikTok "inciting debauchery and immorality," according to a security source.

Egypt's prosecutor-general had ordered the woman be detained on Wednesday for four days pending investigations.

The official charges levelled against Hossam are set to be announced in a statement on Thursday, according to the prosecutor's office.

Hossam, who has 1.2 million followers on the social media app, 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.

Egyptian TV hosts denounced the video, accusing it of “inciting debauchery.”

Hossam has denied the accusations and said her videos had been taken out of context.

Earlier this week, Cairo University ordered an investigation into Hossam, who is a second-year archaeology student at the university, for exhibiting "behaviours 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 include expulsion.

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