Social media accounts selling counterfeit goods to almost 78 million followers have been shut down by Dubai consumer protection watchdogs.
The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in the Department of Economic Development in Dubai (DED) closed down 13,948 social media accounts in 2018 as part of protecting trademarks and the integrity of e-commerce in line with the strategy to enhance competitiveness and sustainable business growth in Dubai.
The accounts were closed after they were found to be selling counterfeit goods. Together, the accounts had 77.9 million followers.
An overwhelming majority of the accounts closed down were on Instagram – 13,529 accounts, followed by 419 on Facebook.
Round-the-clock surveillance and continued co-operation with trademark owners as well as law firms also helped DED unearth 45 websites that were selling counterfeit goods.
Source: Khaleej Times