Recently, an incident of a teacher beating a student in a mosque in Dubai was exposed as fake news by The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
Viral video of student beaten up
Just as rumours sparked about a teacher shown beating a student during a class in a mosque in Dubai, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department issued a statement refuting the rumour. They claimed the rumour as fake and say the incident didn’t happen in Dubai. They boast their teachers as committed to local and global teaching standards.
Fake news exposed
As the viral video circulated across social media, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai took to Instagram to deny the case as fake news. They said, “The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai denies what is being circulated in the social media about beatings of a student of the memorization centres in the Emirate of Dubai, and confirmed that this incident did not happen in Dubai and that it was circulated more than once in the means of communication.”
Dhs1 million fine for sharing fake news
Spreading fake news via social media in the UAE can land users with a fine worth one million Dirhams by the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. They say, “Remember that not everything you read on social media is true, some are just rumours that can cause harm to others or to the state. We ask you to always verify the source and to use the official accounts of the government to verify the news.”