New UAE law: Dh250,000 fine + jail time for swearing on WhatsApp

A new United Arab Emirates online law states that an offending person could be fined Dh250,000 (app. 7,000 USD) and jailed if found guilty.

The new federal law to govern Internet users may also put expatriates to deportation.

"The new law was underscored by the Federal Supreme Court, which overturned two lower court sentences fining a man Dh3,000 after he was convicted of swearing at another on WhatsApp.", Emirates 24/7 said.

"The court supported an appeal by the prosecutor who argued that the sentence was too lenient and did not conform to the new laws that include a penalty of Dh250,000 or imprisonment for those involved in online offences.", Emirates 24/7 added.

Malicious use of emojis like the middle-finger icon could also land you in jail, Al Arabiya.Net posted on May 20, 2015.

While in the Emirates, beware of the said online offenses.

WhatsApp is an instant messaging app for smartphones founded in 2009 by former employees of Yahoo! Brian Acton and Jan Koum.

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