Saudi Arabia arrests Egyptian social media star Tala Safwan for ‘immorality’

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07/27/2022

An Egyptian social media star has been detained in Saudi Arabia under accusations of being immoral and sexually suggestive online. Tala Safwan – who creates content on TikTok and YouTube – allegedly appeared in a recent TikTok live broadcast, which has been accused of having homosexual, lesbian undertones. The influencer’s arrest in the conservative kingdom – where homosexuality is a potential capital offence – has stirred controversy across social media, as many expressed anger using a hashtag translating to ‘Tala Offends Society’, while others defended her. “The Riyadh police arrested a resident who appeared in a broadcast talking to another [person] with sexual content and suggestions that would harm public morals,” the Saudi Public Security wrote in a statement.

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