Social media monitoring in UAE: Be careful what you post!

Inappropriate posts will land you in hot water...
ByAndre NevelingWednesday , 11 March 2015
Social media monitoring in UAE: Be careful what you post!

Social media trolling is a problem around the world. As a result users in the UAE will be monitored  on what they post on social media platforms.

During a press conference on Monday the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) revealed that they have started monitoring social media networks for abusive and inappropriate posts. So how does it work? Certain keywords will set off an alert system, which will then alert authorities. Officials will then investigate to determine whether or not a crime has been committed. This includes nudity, sexual cyber extortion and even insulting any members of the ruling families.

Ghaith Al Mazaina, acting manager at the security quality service at the TRA, told 7Days newspaper: “We have started monitoring all the social media channels – all websites and profiles are monitored.” He added: “This system will pinpoint bad behaviour, such as someone publishing nudity on the Internet.”

According to Dubai Police, the amount of cyber blackmailing complaints received by the police has increased in recent years. “While we received about 80 such complaints in 2013, the numbers shot up to almost 212 until the end of 2014. Last year we registered about 73 such cases,” said Saeed Al Hajri, Director at the Cyber Crime division of Dubai Police.

Cyber bullies, beware!