Kuwait, a major oil producer and ally to the United States, has some unique policies for its residents who use social networks. After insulting the country's leader on Twitter, a Kuwait court gave a man a two year prison sentence.
According to the Alaan, an online newspaper, the tweet "stabbed the rights and powers of the Emir" Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. The tweeter, Rashid Saleh al-Anzi, and his lawyer will attempt to appeal the harsh punishment.
This is not the first occasion where a nation in the Middle East convicted individuals over comments posted on a social network. In June of 2012, after insulting Prophet Mohammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, a man was convicted to 10 years for endangering state security.