Egypt’s Dar Al-Iftaa published its opinion on the content provided by YouTubers on social media platforms, urging them not to spread obscenity or personal matters due to the influence they hold on audiences.
“Youtubers publish the daily affairs of their family, which it is not right to inform others about, to increase interaction – by commenting, liking or sharing – about what is published,” the statement reads.
“It is spreading immorality in society, a crime that God Almighty has warned against.”
The statement cited a Quranic verse: “Indeed, those who like that immorality should be spread [or publicized] among those who have believed will have a painful punishment in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you do not know.”
“Islam has made the one who says obscenity equal in sin to doing it for the magnitude of the damage caused in both cases,” Dar Al Iftaa continued.
Spreading immorality is a crime that is punishable according to Law No. 175 of 2018, which is related to combating information technology crimes, the statement said, explaining that in this law, the Egyptian legislators criminalized the dissemination of misleading information, and tackled the criminal aspect of illegal information content.
YouTubers are those who use YouTube who create videos on a variety of topics, and can be followed by millions of people.
They achieve high viewing rates, which helps them earn money through advertisements.