UAE is known for its glamorous nightlife and luxurious lifestyle but the country holds still traditional and islamic values that you need to consider when online. The laws are quite strict in UAE which could land you in trouble if you do not abide by the laws. Recently Telecommunications Regulatory Authority issued few guidelines for Facebook users in UAE to avoid unwanted fines and a jail term. Please read them carefully as it can avoid you many problems in the future:
Avoid sharing Password: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has warned the Facebook users to avoid sharing of password or creating fake Facebook pages. In both the cases you might come under trouble for breach of Facebook page security.
Sharing vulgar or alcoholic pictures: The residents and tourists are warned against sharing of vulgar pictures on their Facebook page. Drunken photos are also prohibited by the law because those are against the Islamic culture and values. Doing such things on social networking site might lead you trouble.
Content against Islam: The authorities have issued instruction to the Facebook users against using any content or photo against Islam. Those things offend Islamic moral and values. In Abu Dhabi one Egyptian man was arrested for posting objectionable content against Islam and Quran. Taking jibe at Muslim culture and tradition is also prohibited by law.
Posting other’s pictures without their consent: The rule book also suggests that posting videos or photos of other people without their consent is punishable by law. In such cases, the incident is registered as breach of privacy or breach of copyright which leads to legal trouble.
Abusive content is prohibited: Threatening or abusing someone on Facebook is taken as breach of law. Such cases are very common in UAE where people have been jailed for such abusive social media posts.
Penalty on spreading rumors: Gossiping or spreading false information via social media network in UAE is punishable by law. The penalty for spreading lies could be up to Dhs 1 million. Recently a person was caught spreading false rumors about the outbreak of MERS in UAE.
Avoid tagging people without their consent: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has warned Facebook users against tagging people without their consent. If you are at a party and your colleague accidently falls in a pool, that moment can be hilarious for you but you cannot post that picture without his consent. Tagging people without their consent will carry hefty fines and even jail term for breach of privacy or defamation.