• O.G. Wright

1 million dirhams fine in UAE if you spread fake info.

Residents in the UAE are warned anew that spreading false information on social media is a no-no as it is punishable by law and may get slapped with Dh1 million fine or years of imprisonment.

“Remember that not everything you read on social media is true, some are just rumors that can cause harm to others or the state,” UAE’s Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority (TRA) was quoted as saying by gulfnews.com.

Article 29 of Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 penalizes those proven guilty of sharing information, news, statements or rumors that are damaging to the reputation of the state or any of its institutions.

This law covers all electronic means through email, SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, among others.

The local report noted that the law does not only penalize fake news.

“Even if the information posted online is true, the person sharing it can still be held liable if someone else’s privacy has been violated,” it added.

Dubai-based Filipino lawyer Barney Almazar cleared that even media outfit reports true and correct, the publisher may still be liable if it violates the privacy of the person subject of the news.

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