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Emiratis wary of info sent via BlackBerry Messenger

UAE nationals believe BBM mainly used to anonymously spread rumours, says survey

61% of the Emiratis surveyed believe BBM is mainly used to anonymously spread rumours.
61% of the Emiratis surveyed believe BBM is mainly used to anonymously spread rumours.

Most UAE nationals don't trust the information they receive through BlackBerry Messenger, a new survey by Integral Research revealed.


According to a WAM report, the survey found more than half of the Emirati respondents (55 per cent) do not trust the information they receive via Blackberry Messenger - the highest percentage of any nationality in the survey.


61% of UAE nationals surveyed agree that people use Blackberry Messenger to anonymously spread rumours and false information.

The national survey also found that three quarters (70%) of Emirati subscribers believe the use of Blackberry Messenger by children and teenagers is inappropriate, compared to the survey average of 52%.

Integral Research interviewed 400 people for the survey, including UAE Nationals, Arabs, Asians and Westerners.