There's a new emoji in town! And he can land you in BIG trouble in the UAE
If you’re as obsessed with your emoji keyboard as we are, you better listen up.
The new Windows 10 operating system will feature a middle-finger icon when it launches in coming months, but legal experts have now warned that sending the controversial emoji gesture can potentially land you in big trouble. Criminal defence lawyer Abdullah Yousef Al Nasir told 7DAYS newspaper that anyone who sends the offensive emoji could be prosecuted. He said: “Sending a middle finger emoji on a smartphone or even sending a middle finger picture through email can put you in trouble. It’s an insult in the UAE and the law can punish you with either jail of up to three years or a fine of up to Dhs500,000.”
However, using the emoji won’t automatically land you in hot water. Al Nasir told 7Days that police would have to receive a complaint first from the person the image was sent to before they can take action. Al Nasir said: “With the development of technology, people have started insulting others on social media using services like WhatsApp or BlackBerry messenger. Some people insult or mock others thinking nobody can prosecute them. But the UAE has issued a cyber-crimes law to punish anyone committing any crime like insulting someone using technology.”
We think we’ll just hold back on using the new emoji…