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Influencer arrested in Saudi Arabia for “sexual expressions” on TikTok

The police in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, arrested this Tuesday 26) a famous Egyptian influencer after a live broadcast on the TikTok platform in which she allegedly used “sexual words and expressions”, as reported by the Saudi General Security on its social networks.

“The Riyadh police arrested a girl of Egyptian nationality who made a live broadcast on a social networking site talking to another girl and using some sexual words and expressions,” the institution detailed in a video posted on Twitter.

The Saudi General Security highlighted that the young woman was detained because her content “harms the country’s image and general morale”, and added that the accusatory procedures have already started with the Attorney General’s Office.

The local press and activists identified that it is the young Egyptian influencer Tala Safwan, who accumulates more than 5 million followers on TikTok. The Saudi police did not release her name, but made blurry images of her available.

In one of her latest videos, Safwan appeared to be video chatting with another young woman she invited to her house at dawn, something that generated a wave of criticism among users for considering that she was making a sexual proposal.

After this video, which went viral due to the controversy, the young woman defended herself claiming that her words had been misinterpreted.

Several netizens started a campaign against her on social networks with the hashtag “Tala offends society”.

Like many other Arab and Muslim-majority countries, Saudi Arabia criminalizes homosexuality and public comments with sexual references.

In Egypt, dozens of influencers have been arrested and even imprisoned in recent years for posting videos on TikTok in which they appear dancing, something that the country’s authorities consider “incitement to debauchery” and, in more extreme cases,

Safwan’s arrest comes after Saudi Arabia’s General Audiovisual Media Commission on Sunday asked Google in a statement to remove YouTube ads it deemed “offensive” and that “conflict with social values ​​and principles of Islam”.

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