Police in Abu Dhabi have detained two sisters, who are Gulf nationals, for posting fake news on social media, according to Gulf News.
The video, which went viral in the UAE, alleged that a woman had abducted an Emirati child in the Al Shamkha neighbourhood.
The clip showed a woman of African origin aggressively carrying a young girl, while walking down the street.
Abu Dhabi Police denied the allegations and confirmed that the woman recorded on camera was in fact the child’s nanny.
Police also clarified that the nanny had taken the child out for a walk following the mother’s instructions.
The two sisters, aged 33 and 26, were questioned for their role in filming the incident and spreading false information on social media.
Col Omran Ahmad Al Mazrouei, director of Criminal Investigations Department in the security department at Abu Dhabi Police, stressed that police will press charges against anyone who publishes false allegations or recirculate rumours through any form of electronic communication.
The case has been referred to the Family Prosecution of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.