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Palestinian content creator Plestia addresses attendees at the Billion Followers Summit in Dubai on Wednesday. KT Photo and Video: Nasreen Abdulla

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 10:35 p.m.

Being a content creator in Gaza is a task like no other, according to Palestinian content creator Plestia. The aspiring journalist, who has become one of the most influential voices during the Gaza conflict, addressed attendees at the 1 Billion Followers Summit that began in Dubai on Wednesday.

“I look for stories that provide hope,” he said, speaking in Arabic. “Every person in Gaza is a story.”

Since October 7, the Israeli offensive against Gaza has killed more than 20,000 people, mostly women and children, and displaced millions. During this time, the city’s content creators and journalists have become influential voices telling the world about the atrocities happening in the city.

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During the video message, Plestia also spoke about the challenges they faced. “We don’t have batteries or chargers,” she said. “We don’t know when we will have access to electricity. Internet access is almost impossible.”

He said the uncertainty of life reflected on their faces every day. “Every time I record a video, before publishing it I ask myself if I will be a martyr,” he said. “I have no way to keep in touch with any of my friends or even know if they have survived the night because there is no internet access. Most people I know are alive when I run into them by coincidence because the Gaza Strip is a very small place.”

Billion Follower Summit

The second edition of the 1 Billion Followers Summit brought together over 190 speakers who have a combined following of 1.6 billion people. More than 100 activities will take place over two days, including keynotes, workshops and panel discussions, where content creators will be able to learn various lessons, including how to monetize, network and diversify their income.

The summit will be attended by several prominent influencers such as Khaby Lame and Europe’s largest YouTube group, Sidemen. On the first day of the summit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, allocated Dh150 million to support content creators.

He highlighted the importance of content creation as a tool that conveys the history of the UAE to the world and a window to its traditions, cultural achievements and the creativity of its new generations that turns ideas into reality and drives the progress of humanity.


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