Social Media Posts About Floods in UAE, Causing Panic? Go to Jail

Emirates “During the recent heavy rains across the UAE some individuals behaved irresponsibly on social networking sites, said officials. They shared photos and videos from accidents that occurred during the rainy days and circulated rumours about building collapses and people drowning in rain water, thereby, creating panic among public.”

Spreading rumours is a criminal offence that calls for specific penalties, he said and added that violators will be sentenced to imprisonment ranging between one month and three years in case they broadcast false or malicious news or data deliberately or any news that breaches public security or harming public interest.

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