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Saudi blocks social media accounts for promoting fake products

Ministry says protected more than million have been prevent from being victims of scam or getting counterfeit or adulterated products

Saudi blocks social media accounts for promoting fake products

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has blocked 26 accounts on various social networking sites over claims users were promoting fake products, according to a report by Arab News.

The ministry said it has targeted accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that have been violating trademarks and intellectual property rights.

A ministry official said the accounts had made 20,000 advertisements of fake and adulterated products that had trademarks registered with the ministry.

By blocking the 26 accounts, the official said it has protected more than a million visitors of these accounts from being victims of scam or getting counterfeit or adulterated products.

He added that consumers should not have any dealings with these and other sites because they sell goods from unidentified manufacturers.

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