Abu Dhabi: The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a public advisory on the responsible use of YouTube, warning that users are prohibited from “predatory behaviour”. The TRA said in its White Paper on YouTube that “stalking, threats and harassment of others” are also banned. Users were also urged to only upload videos that they have made or are authorised to use. The advisory comes as part of TRA’s ‘The UAE Social Media White Papers’ with YouTube becoming the latest social media domain to which the guidelines apply.
Aimed at highlighting the terms and conditions that apply to the most popular social networks in use in the UAE, the latest release focuses on YouTube, which has more than one billion unique visitors every month and over 100 hours of video uploaded every minute. “The laws of the UAE prohibit the publication of content, 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 TRA said.
“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 adds: “Certain violations of YouTube’s terms may also lead to you breaking the law. It is also important to note that if you undertake certain activities you may be breaking the law, even if you think you are complying with YouTube’s terms.”
Full versions of the white papers are accessible on the TRA’s official website, tra.gov.ae/White_Paper.php.
The TRA earlier published the Facebook and Twitter white papers. The social networks that are featured in the collection also include Instagram, Yahoo/Flickr, LinkedIn, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Apple Store, Blackberry and Keek.
YouTube is a video sharing website that allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. Registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos and leave comments on other videos.
Much of the content is filmed and uploaded by individuals. The service also offers professionally produced content including films, television programmes and music videos from certain YouTube partners. The majorities of videos are free to view and are supported by advertising.