The telecommunication regulatory authority (TRA) in UAE has released white papers on YouTube, which includes a list of regulation defining the content that is allowed to be posted on this website. YouTube is the fastest growing video sharing channel that allows any sort of content to be posted. The site has minimum regulations and anybody can post on it. UAE has however jotted down regulations after certain incidents in the country taking place aided by certain videos being posted on YouTube.
UAE has banned posting videos of accidents under the ‘Morality and Proper Conduct’ category. A man was arrested last year after uploading footage of a motorist assaulting a van driver after a minor accident. The video went viral and the motorist lodged a police complaint. The white papers have also given down regulations of conduct regarding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The users in UAE are also not allowed to stalk threat or harass others through this channel. Users are only allowed to post videos that they have made or which they are authorized to use. Content that is on documentary style is acceptable, but shocking, sensational or disrespectful videos are not.
Content should respect the UAE government, its leadership and its political institutions. The videos should respect the cultural heritage and the social norms of UAE.