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Dubai: Man fined for insulting social media influencer on WhatsApp

A Gulf national was fined for sending an abusive message to a social media influencer.

The influencer reported the incident to the authorities stating that she has an Instagram account where she publishes adverts for Dh10, paid as a balance on her phone. She said that once she is paid, she contacts the owner of the advertisement about details.

She said she received a WhatsApp message from the defendant one day asking her to print an advertisement for his car. He agreed to transfer the credit after she requested him to. However, she became preoccupied and postponed the publication of the advertisement.

The defendant retaliated by sending her abusive WhatsApp messages. When she inquired why he insulted her, he stated it was because his advertisement had been delayed and she had stolen his money. She refunded the money and subsequently filed a police report.

The criminal court ordered the man to pay a fine of Dh1,000. BKM/ Expat Media


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