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UAE's TRA warns YouTube users about behaviour

Telecommunications watchdog launches white paper as part of dos and don'ts on internet etiquette

UAE's TRA warns YouTube users about behaviour

The UAE's telecommunications watchdog has launched a white paper on YouTube usage, part of a campaign to highlight dos and don'ts for users while using the internet in the country.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in a statement that the YouTube paper was the latest in its collection of ‘The UAE Social Media White Papers’.

Aimed at highlighting the terms and conditions of the most popular social networks in use in the UAE, the latest white paper release focuses on YouTube, which has more than one billion unique visitors every month and over 100 hours of video uploaded every minute.

The TRA said the laws of the UAE prohibit the publication of content on YouTube which is contrary to public morals, the principles of Islam and the social and moral welfare of the UAE, or any content that contains irreverence towards Islam and any other heavenly religions.

The white paper also says that the content must also respect the UAE Government, its leadership, political institutions and ultimately the UAE’s cultural heritage and social norms and customs.

The white paper also highlights that YouTube subscribers must not undertake "predatory behaviour, stalking, threats and harassment of others".

The TRA said harassment could include copying a user’s channel layout, using a similar username or posing as another person.

The TRA initiative has earlier launched similar white papers on the use of Facebook and Twitter.

The move comes a few months after a UAE senior government official warned that Facebook users who upload images or videos of people to the social network without their permission face a minimum prison sentence of six months and/or a fine of up to AED500,000 ($136,132).

Lt Col Salah Al Ghoul, head of the bureau for law respect at the Ministry of Interior, was quoted by local media as saying that the law was clear on posting images or videos of people without their consent and it is a crime to someone’s privacy is infringed.