Social media and the Internet as a whole can be great platforms of communication and inspiration, but the UAE has issued a reminder of the types of comments that will not be tolerated.
Anyone found posting insults, defamatory and slanderous comments could be facing a fine between Dhs250,000 and Dhs500,000 and/or even a jail sentence. The Instagram post by the UAE Public Prosecution referenced Article 20 of Law No.5 2020 on Combatting Cybercrimes and stated that any person will be subject to punishment if they carry out the crime by using telecom networks or any form of IT.
It also stated, “If a slander or insult is committed against a public official or servant in the course of or because of his work, this shall be considered an aggravating factor of the crime.”
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According to Gulf News, Abu Dhabi Police saw an increase in charges for social media abuse from 357 in 2018 to 512 in 2o19.
The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution also highlighted that social media users should refrain from posting any form of text, visible or audio material, phrases, signs, symbols, images that could offend the morals of the public.
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