A Khaleeji man who called a woman "stupid" in a WhatsApp message is facing major legal trouble in the UAE.
According to Emarat Al Youm, the defendant was recently sentenced to two months in jail. However, having no previous criminal records, the term was suspended for three years.
He was also fined 20,000 dirhams ($5,444) after being charged with violating the country's cybercrime law.
The man appealed his sentence and stood before an appeals court judge earlier this week.
During his court session, the accused asked for his jail sentence to be cancelled since he already paid the fine.
The appeals court is now set to decide his fate on Oct. 14.
The defendant told prosecutors he didn't mean to offend the woman
The defendant sent the message to a woman he had proposed to during a period of time when the two were getting to know each other online.
He said he "spontaneously" sent the texts to the complainant and didn't mean to offend or upset her.
News of the case, which dates back to March, made the rounds on Arab Twitter soon after it was first uploaded to the platform on Sunday.
Here's a little of what people had to say about it:
Some thought the man deserved his original sentence
"He deserves this and more."
Others thought it was a bit too much though
"This world is doomed, no one can talk to anyone anymore."
"What would the punishment have been if he used more offensive words?"
A few thought the entire case was hilarious
Cybercrime laws are strict in the UAE
This isn't the first time a person faces legal consequences over misusing online apps in the UAE, a country that implements a strict cybercrime law.
Just last week, an Emirati court jailed a woman for looking through her husband's phone without his knowledge.
Last year, a UAE court also deported a man for insulting his wife on WhatsApp.
The country's cybercrime law governs various aspects of the internet including social media posts made to Facebook and WhatsApp messages.