Established by Fathi Ibrahim Bayoud 2005 - Homs

UAE now requires licenses for 'social media influencers'

Social Media | 2018-03-06 12:53:00
UAE now requires licenses for 'social media influencers'
DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates says it will now require anyone conducting "commercial activities" through social media to register for a government-issued license.

The new rules announced Tuesday target so-called "social media influencers," who parlay their internet fame into advertising products.

Officials said the new rules would help ensure "that media material respects the religious, cultural and social values of the UAE," a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Those affected need to register by the end of June or face 5,000-dirham ($1,360) fines.

The UAE, while liberal in many regards compared to its Middle Eastern neighbors, has strict laws governing expression.

Journalists working in the country require government-issued press cards. People also have been jailed for their comments online.
AP
Keywords:
Comments (0)

Post Your Comments

fill all fields below
*This confirmation code will prevent auto submit
X :Latest News
Friday's airstrikes on Aleppo targeted Military Academy: image      Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best      Pentagon adjusts tactics as Afghan army toll rises: Mattis      May to press Rouhani to free jailed UK-Iranian woman      In abandoned villa, Syrian children study on the ground      Trump, at UN, says 2nd North Korea summit likely 'soon'      In a blow to Israel, Russia says it will send Syria powerful antiaircraft missiles      At Shiite checkpoint, Aisha said ‘my name is Fatima’