Netizens shall be cautious about the content they are about to post. The authorities urged online users in the UAE to stop spreading and sharing information from unaccredited sources. Even taking pictures of people without asking permission can face a fine of up to AED 500,000.  

According to Mohammad Al Dahbashi, Managing Partner of ADG Legal, social media users are responsible for verifying information’s source and credibility before uploading it.

“The law is clear in stating that a person will be penalized when sharing any content that contains rumors, fake news, unofficial news or anything that disrupts national security,” said Al Dahbashi.

Here are the full list of penalties and fines for committing social media violations

PenalityFineImprisonment
Information that agitates public opinion, causes panic or harms national security and affairsAED 100,0001 YEAR
Fake news, rumours, misleading or inaccurate information that contradicts official announcementsAED 100,0001 year
Fake news during pandemics, emergencies or crises AED 200,0002 years
Photos or videos of other people without their consentAED 150,000-500,0006 months
Comments, news, photos or information about a person, even if true, that may cause harmAED 150,000-500,0006 months
Misleading or inaccurate adsAED 20,000- 500,000Prison term
Information or data that defames a foreign countryAED 100,000- 500,0006 months
Pornography or indecent contentAED 250,000 – 500,000 Prison term
Content that contains blasphemy and defames religions AED 250,000 – 1 millionPrison term
Content for collecting donationsAED 200,000- 500,000Prison