UAE: Man Fined Dh300,000 For Abusive Video On Instagram

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The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals upheld the ruling issued by the lower court regarding a social media influencer who was fined Dh300,000 for insulting an Emirati actress on Instagram for hailing the Saudi government’s decision to allow women to drive cars.

The Emirati man had posted a video on Instagram insulting an Emirati social media personality who goes by the name “Kashoona”.

The court ordered the video clip to be deleted, the man’s social media account to be closed for two months and the confiscation of the mobile phone used to post the clip.

The defendant was also ordered to pay Dh21,000 in temporary civil compensation for damages, according to the publication.

The insulting video came in response to Kashoona’s attendance of an event celebrating the lifting of the female driving ban in Saudi Arabia over the summer. During her visit, she was claimed to have become the first Emirati woman to drive a car in the kingdom

In response, the man posted a video on Instagram where he hurled abuse at the star, it was reported.

The UAE’s cyber and hate crime laws are among the strictest in the world and can see people fined heavily and jailed for comments deemed insulting that were made through social media and other digital channels.

 

Source Credit: Gulf News

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