UAE: Pay DH 10 Million Fine For Posting Illegal Content Online

by Deeplata Garde
UAE: Pay DH 10 Million Fine For Posting Illegal Content Online

Digital platforms are observing a peak related to negative engagement. Watching negative or illegal content leads to many emotions that aren’t healthy. Spreading hate on platforms like these is very casual nowadays and nobody is even taking measures against it. Not anymore though! Failure of basic etiquette on an online platform can land you with an immense amount of fines in the UAE. This would be specifically considered a case of cybercrime according to the UAE law system.

Stringent UAE Law System Announces DH 10 Million Fine

Don’t insult, hate, make fun of, or be disrespectful to others. Don’t post anything that is derogatory or offensive. Illegal content on the internet invites these kinds of penalties. On January 2, 2022, the UAE Cybercrimes Law, Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021, entered effect, replacing the previous law, Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combating Cybercrime.

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The UAE Public Prosecution released an educational video about Article 53 of the new law and the fines it entails. According to the article, making available, storing, or distributing illegal content without removing it or banning access to it within the time provided in orders issued by the authorities can result in a fine of Dh300,000 to Dh10 million.

Type Of Content That Falls Under The Category Of Illegal Content

What content classifies itself as illegal content? Here’s the list to refer to before landing in trouble.

  • ‘Fake news or information that is misleading
  • Rumours
  • Advertisements that deceive
  • Defamation and insults
  • Content that promotes or encourages terrorism or terrorist actions
  • Content intended to ridicule or defame the UAE or one of its state authorities, institutions, or current or former leaders
  • Type of Content that promotes gambling activities
  • Content that targets child pornography activities
  • Content which has the potential to inspire hatred or violence
  • Also the Content that can jeopardise the state’s security, sovereignty, or any other interests, as well as the public’s trust in government institutions

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