Microsoft unveiled a new middle finger emoji that can be accessed in their new operating system, Windows 10. The emoji’s can accessed on both PC’s as well as phones, allowing you to flip the bird to many of your friends and colleagues through Skype chat, e-mails, and text messages.
Although this seems like a harmless act, sending the middle finger emoji can land you in jail for up to three years and a heft fine. That is, of course, if you live in United Arab Emirates.
According to UAE legal experts, in addition to the standard laws that apply to citizens in the country, there is also a UAE cyber-crime legislation that forbids everyone from flipping the bird online, because the gesture is considered so offensive. In fact, you can even be deported from the country for using this gesture if you aren’t a citizen.
“Sending a middle finger emoji on a smartphone or even sending a middle finger picture through email can put you in trouble. It’s an insult in the UAE and the law can punish you with either jail of up to three years or a fine of up to Dhs 500,000 ($135,000)” criminal defense lawyer Abdullah Yousef Al Nasir said.
But don’t worry, police will only investigate this cyber-crime once the “victim” files a report to police about the incident.
What kind of schmuck is going to take the time out of their day to do such a thing? Probably the same person that gets offended by a middle finger emoji.