Two UAE residents have recently been detained for spreading fake news in the region, claiming that Covid-19 claimed the five members of an Emirati family in the country.
The fake news was aired on the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel. The Public Prosecution debunked the news as baseless.
“The incident that was broadcasted on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel is false and fabricated. The family does not exist and the story is completely fictitious,” the Public Prosecution said in a statement.
According to a story published by Expat Media, two employees at the TV station have also been detained pending a result of the investigation.
“We are seeking prosecution and are currently investigating, in order to clarify the situation and elements of what was published and the real motives behind the crime, the entities involved and people behind it,” it added.