People who send heart emoticons to ladies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will now face up to two years in prison, reported Gulf News.
Sending a heart emoji to a girl or any social networking platform or WhatsApp is now a serious offence of solicitation to debauchery.
According to Haya Al Shalahi, a Kuwaiti lawyer, those accused of this offence face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 2,000 Kuwaiti dinars.
Those convicted of this offence, however, may face up to two to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals.
According to a Saudi cybercrime expert, texting red hearts to any girl on WhatsApp will be considered harassment under the country’s laws.
Using “certain images and expressions during online conversations may turn into a harassment crime if the aggrieved party files a lawsuit,” according to Al Moataz Kutbi, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Fraud Association.
Meanwhile, if the offender continues to commit the violation, the fine could reach 300,000 Saudi Riyals, with a five-year prison sentence.