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Dubai closes 40 Instagram accounts for promoting fake goods

Department of Economic Development also orders 490 websites to close in first half of 2015

Dubai closes 40 Instagram accounts for promoting fake goods
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Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) has ordered the closure of 40 Instagram accounts that were promoting fake goods.

The DED has also ordered the closure of 490 websites that were selling fake goods during the first six months of this year, in its ongoing crackdown on counterfeit products.

The Khaleej Times reported that the DED said that while the Instagram account holder did not own the fake goods it was displaying, they were posted on the social media site in coordination with the traders.

“These accounts had more than 500,000 followers, who communicated with the traders via the administrator of the accounts,” Ibrahim Behzad, Director of Intellectual Property Protection Section at the DED told the newspaper.

“Account owners left a Blackberry pin number or a request for communication via WhatsApp phone number. The details of delivery and payment were given through these instant messaging services.”

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