Posting abusive comments in the UAE? Think again
According to figures, social media violations are on an all rise, especially in Abu Dhabi.
There have been a round up of 500 cases of abusive social media posts in 2019, in comparison to 300 cases in 2018. Beware of cyber bullying and posting abusive posts - there are harsh punishments for not following the law.
Refrain from blackmailing messages and threats, constant swearing (especially if directed against an individual), spreading fake rumours about a person or entity, inappropriate sharing of images or posts, and even collecting fake donations without an appropriate license. These crimes have a hefty penalty of upto Dhs500,000. Yikes.
It is also important to bear in mind privacy laws of individuals – do not photograph anybody without their consent, or exploit private matters of others.
Despite social media being a platform to connect with others, hurting people online will only bring out negatives of social media networking.
Residents in the UAE, especially youngsters, must beware of what they post online.