Saudi Arabia's top cleric criticizes Twitter users

Mar 24, 2013

(AP)—Saudi Arabia's top religious cleric has criticized the social media website Twitter, calling it "a council for jokesters" and a place for unjust, incorrect messages.

Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik made his remarks late Friday during a speech to other Saudi clerics.

has been used by youth activists to galvanize protests in the Arab Spring uprisings, as well as by regional governments seeking to communicate with the public.

The mufti's remarks come on the same day that the imam at 's Grand Mosque said people have the right to express themselves, but must do so cautiously in order to protect the nation's prestige and unity.

Rights groups have criticized for its limited freedoms and its ultraconservative mores.

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2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 24, 2013
He's partly right, you know.

Twitter and Facebook are in fact little more than gossip engines.

It amazes me how the press and media love twitter so much, and all it really is a bad internet forum.

Random Tech forums, sucn as the now-defunct "OpenTechSupport" were better communication sites 10 years prior to Twitter or Facebook.

I guess they picked a bad name. Maybe they should have called their site, "Whisper Wagon" or "Gossip Galore" and they would have exploded to a billion members. Instead, they do intelligent discussion, mostly, and get no members.
2.4 / 5 (7) Mar 24, 2013
He's partly right, you know.
Twitter and Facebook are in fact little more than gossip engines.

Facebook and Twitter are inane, hence I don't have any accounts with either of them, but...

They are a direct threat to the totalitarianism of religion of all persuasions.

I enjoy seeing religion lose it's undeserved, unquestioned place in society. Anything that can be used to attack religion and cause it damage can only be a good thing.

Facebook and Twitter has made the outing of christian paedos easier.

Religion can't cope with technology, it's out of it's intellectual depth, stuck in either the 7th century (islam) or the 17th century (christianity).

It's ironic that religion attacks this form of mass communication, since religion has used mass communication for thousands of years to spread it's fraud, hate, bullshit and violence.

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I enjoy seeing religion lose it's undeserved, unquestioned place in society. Anything that can be used to attack religion and cause it damage can only be a good thing.

It's not religion, but issues with the government. In all the countries affected by the Arab Spring, the conflict has been against the government. The Sauds, perhaps, feel threatened. That you see clerics supporting them means they have a vested interest in seeing the Saud family remain in power.

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