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Turkish-backed Syrian factions target TikTok influencers in Aleppo

TikTok content creators in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib face a spate of arrests over accusations of corrupting the public morality of the local Syrian community.
In this photo illustration taken on April 21, 2022, the icon of a video-sharing mobile phone application TikTok is pictured on a mobile phone.

ALEPPO, Syria — The Directorate of Education of the Azaz local council in the north of Aleppo, affiliated with the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), issued a decision May 29 dismissing a female teacher in one of the city’s schools over a TikTok video.

Another teacher affiliated with the Directorate of Education in the city of Azaz told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The directorate dismissed teacher Hanadi Othman who works at the Ali ibn Abi Talib Primary School, a decision that was effective as of Sunday, May 29, over a TikTok video filmed inside the classroom in which Othman showed her feet — nothing revealing.”

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