Saudi Arabia Policies Affecting Disinformation
Under the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the "Production, Preparation, Transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order" is illegal. In practice, this law makes it so that anyone who creates or disseminates false information that affects the public on social media can be sentenced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 3 million riyals.
Actions and Initiatives
In 2020, the Saudi Public Prosecution Office announced that Saudi citizens and foreign expatriates who spread rumors on social media could be jailed for up to five years and fined 3 million riyals, consistent with the Anti-Cyber Crime Law punishment. This was part of their effort to combat COVID-19 misinformation.