Khaleej Times, Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 | Jamadi Al Thani 19, 1444
UAE law: Up to Dh500,000 fine for insulting, defaming people on social media, warn police
The Criminal Investigation Department of Sharjah Police (SP) has warned members
of the public against misusing social networking sites, by going against public
morals or behaviours that affect others and lead to defamation through abusive
expressions, such as insults, that harm or damage a person's reputation, honour
and social status.
Colonel Omar Ahmed Abu Al Zawd, Director of the Criminal Investigation
Department at Sharjah Police (SP), pointed out the need for community members to
interact positively and correctly through social networking sites.
He highlighted the fact that the police take strict measures against people
abusing others. During the past year, the Criminal Investigation Department
dealt with 85 insult reports and six defamation reports using information
technology, taking all legal measures against these reports
He clarified that, according to Article 43 of Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021
on Combating Rumours and Cybercrimes, any person who insults others or ascribes
to them an incident that would make them subject to punishment or contempt by
others, using an information network, information technology means or an
information system, shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less
than Dh250,000 and not more than Dh500,000, or one of these two penalties.
He called on members of the public to properly use social networking sites and
not to use social media platforms to offend others or make offensive comments.