Saudi Public Prosecution launches social media legal awareness campaign

Saudi Public Prosecution launches social media legal awareness campaign
Members of the Public Prosecution speak during a panel discussion in Riyadh. (AN Photo)
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Updated 12 February 2020

Saudi Public Prosecution launches social media legal awareness campaign

Saudi Public Prosecution launches social media legal awareness campaign
  • Awareness campaign designed to target social media influencers and media professionals
  • Event included a panel discussion on precautions to be taken when using social media

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution on Tuesday launched an initiative aimed at highlighting the legalities relating to the safe use of social media platforms.

Titled “Ask the Prosecution,” the awareness campaign has been designed to target social media influencers and media professionals with information about the limits and legal controls on content posted on networking sites.

The forum, backed by Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mua’jab and his deputy Shalaan bin Rajeh Al-Shalaan, was launched at a ceremony in Riyadh.

The event included a panel discussion on precautions to be taken when using social media, common mistakes made by users in good faith or intentionally, and the role of influencers in raising awareness among their online followers about the work of the Public Prosecution.

Panel member Ahmed Al-Mughim, a Public Prosecution attorney specialized in dealing with economic and financial crimes, said: “I believe influencers should be involved in such places where there is awareness to benefit their followers, which will then reflect on society and its safety.”

One suggestion made was for the Public Prosecution to produce a simple guide explaining the laws and regulations that social media influencers needed to be aware of.

“This forum is the opening of other upcoming meetings dealing with the relationship between the Public Prosecutor’s office and society,” said Dr. Majid Al-Dasimani, from the Public Prosecution’s department of corporate communication.

“The Public Prosecutor’s office is continuing to activate communication with the community in line with the transparency launched by Vision 2030,” he added.

Al-Dasimani pointed out that the next gathering would focus on children’s rights and precautions in relation to their use of social media and ways to avoid kids being harmed or exploited.