Stricter Penalties for Online Abuse and Defamation in the UAE

Legal authorities in the UAE have issued a warning about the enforcement of stricter penalties for online abuse and defamation. The law explicitly prohibits the use of foul language and defamatory remarks online, including on popular social media platforms and messaging services like WhatsApp. Offenders found guilty of these offenses may face severe consequences, including imprisonment and fines up to $136,160 (Dh500,000). The UAE Public Prosecution emphasizes that acts of abuse against public sector employees or individuals performing public services will be subject to even harsher punishments. With the advent of digital communication, offensive language and defamatory statements can be spread instantly with just a click. The UAE aims to combat online abuse and safeguard individuals from its detrimental effects. It is crucial for individuals to exercise caution in their online interactions and be mindful of the potential repercussions of their words. The UAE encourages victims of online abuse to report incidents, even if they occur after three months from the posting or sending of offensive content. By imposing stricter penalties for online abuse, the UAE endeavors to foster a safer and more respectful online environment for all.

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