To Post or Not to Post: Being Responsible Online

July 21, 2019

Do you know the do’s and don’ts of online etiquette?

This is an updated article that was featured in 2017.

With the abundance of various social platforms being made available free to everyone, it is easy to make posts or write something that you may find humorous but could potentially be offensive to some.

Evidence of these are all over the interwebs – find a post online and the comments section will be filled with various opinions from different users. While having an opinion isn’t a crime, accusing someone with false statements can easily be grounds for a malicious intent, which of course is an offense that could get you prosecuted.

I’m sure you’ve seen the stories of the unfortunate individuals who have been punished for saying something offensive. Such laws are already in place here in the UAE, which warns citizens and residents against what to post and share online. We’ve seen strict punishments being implemented against violators so we made this list of do’s and don’ts as a guide for you to follow.

Religious and Social Morals

We are all aware that the UAE is a Muslim nation hence any sort of mockery with regards to religion and the country is punishable by law.

Sensitive Content and Tagging

Posting sensitive content may also be grounds for jail time or a fine. This includes prohibited and adult content, especially content that does not belong to the user. In the UAE, someone can legally sue you for posting their images online without their consent.

Fake or unproven rumors

Spreading fake news or other updates without valid proof can also warrant a violation. This includes those random news postings you see on Facebook and other similar platforms. Be sure to check if the source and/or news item is legit before sharing it with everyone.

In the past years, Facebook has stepped up in identifying and banning fake content but there’s still a chance that the news you’re probably reading is untrue so always be vigilant and responsible on what you share.

Harassment and threats

Sending incriminating and threatening messages through social media along with similar spreading gossip about others is prohibited – doing so may result in a fine of up to 1 million AED (no kidding).

Sharing personal information

While there is no law banning you from sharing information online, it is still recommended that you keep personal information to yourself. Placing your phone number online not only jeopardizes your privacy but online scammers can get hold of it and steal your account or worse, your identity. The same goes for sharing other identification such as passport details and driver’s licenses.

Remember, whatever you put online is your sole responsibility.

Anything to add on the list? Let us know by posting your comments below! 

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.