Then authorities in the UAE have reminded the public of leaving derogatory comments on social media as one can attract as much as AED500,000 or P6.6 million fine.
Social media posts or comments that include slander and defamation attract the hefty fine.
Citing Article 20 of Law No. 5 2020 on combatting cybercrimes, a person is subject to punishment if they carry out the crime by using telecom networks or any form of IT.
“Imprisonment and fine up to AED500,000 for insult or slander using the internet,” UAE Public Prosecution said in an Instagram post.
According to the data released by the Abu Dhabi Police, there were 512 social media violations reported last year compared to 357 cases reported in 2018.
The most violations incurred by internet users include online harassment, extortion, threats and blackmail, publishing and spreading false information, invading one’s privacy, posting and spreading abusive comments, posting fake ads and rumors, swearing, defamation, and inciting others to commit crimes and fraud.