DFA advisory on spreading rumors on social media

Please be reminded to refrain from posting or sharing unconfirmed or baseless information on social media that may be considered as rumor mongering.


This advisory comes from the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and North Emirates, where it is considered a criminal offence. Federal Legal Decree No. 5 of 2012, on combating cybercrimes, empowers the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to prosecute those who spread rumors that cause damage to “social peace”, “public order”, and “national peace.” Such an offense, may merit imprisonment and a civil fine not exceeding 1 million AED.

Also, under the UAE’s IT law, posting pictures of others on social media without the consent of the person is a punishable crime.

[Read the full advisory here]

The Philippine Consulate General advises all Filipinos in UAE to be mindful and respectful of the law.

—From the Department of Foreign Affairs