Coronavirus: Police in Dubai make fake news arrest

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April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020

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Police in Dubai have arrested an Asian man for spreading fake news and warned the public to only follow official sources of public information during the coronavirus outbreak.

Officers from the eCrime department of CID at Dubai Police stepped in after the young man was caught editing and posting a video that “spread fear among community members”.

No other details as to the nature of the video were revealed by officials.

“Dubai Police warns that spreading rumours is a serious offence that will be severely penalised as per Article 198 of the federal law concerning Information Technology,” a spokesman said on social media.

The law states any person who intentionally disseminates false or malicious news, statements, rumours or disruptive propaganda, intending to prejudice the public security, to spread fear among people or to inflict damage to the public interest, shall be punished.

On March 31, the Community and Development Authority issued a response to false reports circulating on social media about exceptional measures on phone calls and social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook.

The CDA urged the community to only rely on information verified to have been issued by official sources.

Police encouraged public reporting of damaging false information to its Police Eye platform within the Dubai Police mobile phone app, or via the E-crime.ae platform.

Updated: April 4, 2020 09:42 AM

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