An Emirati video blogger removed a video in which he mistakenly claimed that people who wore cloth masks would be fined 500 dirhams.
A video blogger known as Prince Jack Abboud apologized for deleting the video.
Blogger posting apology reads:
“We got false information that some people are fined 500 dirhams for wearing masks of cloth. PJA took this seriously because we care about people. Please accept our apologies for sharing. I have already deleted it.”
The video was posted on Monday and widely shared in many WhatsApp groups.
Some residents said that they had mixed with them after watching the video and turned to surgical masks available in pharmacies.
"I have stored cloth masks and I have been using them since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, so the message in the video came as a surprise," said Halima, an Indian expatriate.
"I really panicked and didn't use my cloth mask after seeing your post but it's good to hear that it wasn't true," Glenn Gatdula, a PJA follower, posted.
"He has a team but can't confirm the fake news?" Another observer asked Jose Paluyut on the vlog page.
According to mandatory anti-Covid measures in the UAE, residents should use face masks and maintain social spacing in public places. Reusable masks are allowed and preferred by many people because they are environmentally friendly.
The Emirati authorities have repeatedly warned residents not to post fake and unproven information, especially regarding corona viruses.
The UAE Ministry of Interior has warned that anyone who posts fake information and rumors on social media about coronaviruses in the country will be punished according to the cyber crime law, while urging people to act responsibly. The authorities added that those who violate the laws via the Internet face prison terms ranging from three years to life imprisonment or fines of up to 3 million dirhams.