An Egyptian TikTok star has been arrested for ‘violating family values’ in her videos as the country continues to target female social media influencers.
Mawada Eladhm, who has 3.1 million followers on TikTok, was arrested yesterday on charges of violating the values and principles of the family within Egyptian society, according to the country’s general prosecution.
This is because the Egyptian authorities are cracking down on female social media influencers over alleged “debauchery”.
According to state media, she was arrested in October 6 City, a satellite city of the capital Cairo, after fleeing her home in New Cairo earlier this week.
Prosecutors said she then traveled between the capital and the country’s north coast before being tracked and arrested by her car.
They said officers found a laptop and a cell phone without a SIM card that were connected to a personal Wi-Fi hotspot during the arrest.
Prosecutors have accused the social media star of creating social media profiles that violate family values and principles.
She is said to be held for four days pending investigations, but has now been released after paying a £ 20,000 bail.
Eladhm, who has over 1.6 million followers on her Instagram account, became famous with dancing videos and lip sync in videos on TikTok.
The Egyptian authorities have cracked down on female social media influencers over the past few months over alleged “debauchery”.
TikTok and Instagram star Haneen Hossam, 20, were sentenced to 15 days in detention for a job encouraging women to broadcast videos in exchange for money.
Dancer Sama el-Masry was also detained for posting “indecent” photos and videos.
In 2018, Egypt passed a cybercrime law that gives the government full power to censor the Internet and exercise communications surveillance.
A media regulation law also allows the authorities to block individual accounts on social media.