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UAE Moves to Control Social Media

UAE Moves to Control Social Media

Monday, 2 September, 2019 - 08:00
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

The UAE Cabinet directed the National Media Council (NMC) to control social media sites and establish strict standards to enhance UAE’s stature regionally and internationally.

During its Sunday meeting, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, it also directed the Government Communication Office of General Secretariat of the Cabinet to monitor live news and social media feeds and ensure that all federal authorities respond to inquiries and demands of citizens.

Sheikh Mohammed had warned of the social media's ability to cause chaos in wake of recent reports about the UAE. “The reputation of the UAE is a red line and not to be used by anyone who wants to get more followers,” he said on his Twitter account.

Similarly, Sheikh Mohammed reinforced the need to listen to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its management of external affairs.

“We will not allow a group of Twitter users to mess with Zayed’s legacy of credibility, love, and respect for people. The good image of the UAE and the Emirati must remain as bright as Zayed wanted and built,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, commented said the UAE’s reputation was built by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, guided by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and is now protected by Sheikh Mohammed.

The committee will draft legal and procedural frameworks to implement Sheikh Mohammed's directives. It will also submit a 100-day plan to Sheikh Mohammed for improving the performance of government and private institutions, to reinforce the country's economic and community performance and ensure that its citizens are content.

The meeting approved a range of federal decisions and laws related to the health sector to support public health and provide world-class healthcare services. These decisions aim to create a comprehensive nationwide approach to health, promote cooperation among relevant federal and local authorities.

They aim to create a healthcare system with the participation of all related sectors, to raise the health standards of the community, achieve prosperity and provide healthcare services to all citizens and residents.

The Cabinet adopted a policy to combat communicable diseases, as well as federal draft laws related to public health and restructuring the country's Health Council.

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