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Police to investigate Dubai TV presenter's 'stalker'

Saudi male set up online accounts in the name of news anchor Katie Fielder, which have now been suspended by Facebook

Police to investigate Dubai TV presenter's 'stalker'
Katie Fielder, a news anchor at Dubai One’s Emirates News.

Dubai Police are investigating the case of a Saudi man who has allegedly been stalking Dubai-based TV presenter Katie Fielder.

It is understood that Facebook has suspended two accounts set up in Fielder’s name, but the man has also used Twitter to pose as Fielder using her name and photos.

Fielder, a news anchor at Dubai One’s Emirates News, posted a message on her official Twitter account on February 15 that read: “Hi all, a man…is posing as me on FB & Twitter, using my photos & name. Pls feel free to disregard his tweets. Thanks.”

In the same week, the man appeared at her office in Dubai claiming to be her brother. The police were called shortly afterwards.

It is understood that Facebook and Twitter were contacted in the preceding six months about the matter and were asked to deactivate the false accounts.

However, the social media sites did not do so immediately. It is understood that, because the man used his name on the accounts as well as Fielder’s, it was not considered ‘true’ identity theft.

Facebook has now suspended the accounts, but declined to comment on the matter. Instead, it pointed Arabian Business to company policies stipulating that the company does not allow fake accounts and real identity is a requirement to have a Facebook page.

Twitter did no immediately respond when contacted by Arabian Business for comment.

Fielder declined to comment on the matter.