Newlyweds take Facebook trolls to court
Couple received threats over wedding v ideo
A husband and wife who were subjected to a barrage of abuse and death threats on social media over their motorbike-themed wedding have taken two men to court because of their comments.
But the Emirati men, on trial at Abu Dhabi Criminal Court, deny defaming the couple.
Court records stated that following a traditional UAE wedding service, the Emirati couple, both members of the Emirates Riders biking group, celebrated by taking a motorcycle ride with friends.
This involved 60 bikers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Jordan. They rode their Harley-Davidsons from Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi to Dubai. The newlyweds posted a video of the ride, which attracted abuse.
After posting the video on YouTube in March 2016, the couple received abusive comments and even death threats. They filed a complaint against the two defendants along with more than 35 other social media users. The couple said that one of the two defendants wrote a poem that was published on social media, in which he said everyone who attended their wedding should go to hell. The men admitted to the court that they posted some comments on social media but said they denied the charge of defamation. “We had written some words on social media but our comments were neither abusive nor insulting to the couple,” said one of the men. “We didn’t do anything wrong to them.” The trial has been adjourned, at the request of defence counsel, until October 26.
WEDDING: The video shot by Jordanian TV channel Amman Al Youm captured the special day – but trolls took to social media to insult the pair