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UAE detains 3 social media influencers over Kiki dance challenge

DUBAI: Three prominent social media influencers in the UAE are facing arrest for taking part in a dance challenge that went viral online.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has issued arrest warrants to the three social media personalities, who were not named, for endangering their lives and the lives of others, according to an Arabic tweet sent out by the agency.

As part of the ‘Kiki’ dance challenge, people are seen climbing out of slow-moving cars and dancing. In this case the people are seen dancing to Canadian hip-hop artist Drake’s song “In My Feelings.”

Numerous videos of the challenge have appeared online, including some coming from the Gulf region, where such actions are considered offensive to public morals and traditions.

In a statement the prosecutor’s office said the detainees will be investigated “on charges of endangering their lives and the lives of others, and violating public morals using social networking sites to promote practices that are incompatible with the values and traditions of society.”

Those caught carrying out the video challenge can be fined Dh2,000 fine, penalized with 23 black points and their vehicle impounded for 60 days – they could also face jail terms.

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