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Egyptian TikTok influencer handed 3 years in jail for 'violating society values'

The TikToker said her videos advertise commercial products in return for free clothes and accessories

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 8 Jun 2021
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A Cairo economic court sentenced on Tuesday Renad Emad, a Tiktok influencer, for three years in prison for "violating society values and principles" via creating and posting "indecent" content on the video-sharing platform.

The influencer, who had been arrested in June last year and released later pending investigations, was also fined EGP 100,000 (nearly $6,000).

The prosecution had accused Emad of "violating" familial and societal values and committing human trafficking crime via "exploiting" her younger sister in her published clips to increase their viewership rates.

The tiktoker told investigators that her videos and photos advertise commercial products in return for free items, including clothes and accessories.

Tuesday's ruling still can be appealed.

Egyptian authorities arrested last year several female TikTok users who are known for controversial content that local authorities describe as "violating family values and principles."

A number of the arrested influencers has handed jail sentences and others are still detained or released pending investigations.

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