Agree or disagree not social media plays a major role in our lives. However, using social media in the UAE comes with its own bag of rules and regulations. Many times, Whatsapp conversation have led to legal battles. And this is the same case when it comes to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter as well. So, with no further adieu, here’s a sneak peak into UAE’s social media legalities. Better to be safe than sorry- isn’t it?
The misuse of information technology in the UAE can leave you with a fine of up to AED 50,000 along with imprisonment. Here are the do’s and don’t’s you must follow:
Do: Make sure the information you share online does not hurt or defame an individual
Don’t: Posting defamatory comments about other people on social media or furnishing information that intrudes in a person’s privacy is considered an offense as per article 372.
Do: Always ask for permission, (in written) before sharing others images on social platforms. Failure to do so is considered an offense.
Don’t: As per the Cyber Crimes Law, clicking and sharing pictures of individuals without their consent would be an invasion of one’s privacy. Besides, the Federal Law No 3 of 1987 also states that its is offensive to share pictures of others without their consent. It is best to have a mutual agreement before sharing pictures.
Do: Always publish posts and photos with other’s sentiments in mind. It is best to be respectful of other nationalities, religious beliefs and display tolerance towards the same.
Don’t: Steer away from posting images or information that disrespect the nation, mock religions or beliefs. Articles 360- Article 370 outline these offenses. Violators maybe subjected to six months of detention and AED 5000 fine.
Do: Be respectful of any confidential information shared with you. Information pertaining to a company’s financial turn over or employee list can be confidential and should not be shared on social platforms.
Don’t: Do not probe or engage in conversations that would lead to breach of confidentiality. Violation can result in temporary imprisonment as well as fine.
Besides, HH Sheikh Mohammed recently shared 10 social media rules on his official Twitter account. Here’s what his post mentioned:
1. To represent Sheikh Zayed, the UAE’s founding father, and his principles
2. To reflect the knowledge, culture and the level and sophistication of civilisation achieved by UAE.
3. To not use insults, foul language or any other word that’s indecent.
4. To use logic and reasoning in a conversation.
5. To appreciate a good word, a beautiful picture and interact with positive thoughts, cultures and societies.
6. To help others by sharing information, ideas, social and human initiatives that enrich the country.
7. A personality that gets involved with his/her international surroundings, speaks its language, deals with its issues and positively interacts with its future.
8. To accept differences and build bridges with other people
9. To be humble, loving and open towards others.
10. To adores the nation, be proud of it, and sacrifice for it.
Following the above rules can set a good example for social media conduct.