Residents and citizens in UAE were taken by surprise when a minute-long video circulated around showing a man on fire at Dubai Mall.
Dubai Civil Defense has confirmed it’s a fake video
Both Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence have denied the fire happening at The Dubai Mall. According to an Instagram post by Dubai Civil Defense, its Director General, Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi point that shopping malls and commercial complexes did not record any incidents during the holy month of Ramadan, calling for accurate checking of news before publishing and circulating.” In fact, according to Bahraini news outlet GDN Online, this fire incident happened in Agadir in Morrocco on June 3rd.
Spreading fake news can lead to hefty fines
Be careful about what you post or share on social media because without cross-checking and sharing of unverified content can lead to fine worth Dhs 250,00 and three years of imprisonment. The Dubai Police team can monitor a social media user’s online activity and track where the fake news started from. Three years ago, fake news messages were spread across social media, saying there are gangs in areas like Al Warqa’a, Al Aweer, Mirdiff and Al Khawaneej where gangs are stealing cars. However, Dubai Police announced the message was fake.
#تنويه | نفت القيادة العامة لـ #شرطة_دبي ما يتم تداوله من مقطع فيديو لشخص يحترق في #دبي_مول.
وتدعو أفراد المجتمع عدم نشر الإشاعات تجنباً للمساءلة القانونية.
نتمنى لكم أوقاتاً سعيدة وآمنة. #أمنكم_سعادتنا
— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) June 5, 2018
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