Saudi Cleric Weighs In On The Sin Of 'Buying Twitter Followers'

from the don't-do-it dept

It’s no secret that it’s possible to “buy” Twitter followers. This has always seemed to be a particularly pointless activity, but apparently it’s common among some people who seem to feel the size of their Twitter following means something. That said, according to a Saudi Cleric, such activity is an out and out “sin” (hat tip to Will for sending over this story)

Senior scholar Sheikh Abdullah told Saudi online news site Sabq that it was “a lie and slander” to pay money to companies to create Twitter followers – thought to be a common practice among celebrities and religious figures in the kingdom.

Another person quoted in the same article, a Saudi clinical psychologist, suggested that such practices go beyond even ethical questions. According to Dr. Talal Thaqafi: “a person who pays money for the sake of increasing the number of followers has a weak and disturbed personality, and is unable to achieve that feat by any other means.”

I’m just marveling that such a topic even warrants such scrutiny, but it is a sign of the pervasiveness of Twitter these days.

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Fickelbra (profile) says:

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Yeah, why mention this here?

(Tech)nology – the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a preexisting solution to a problem, achieve a goal or perform a specific function

Dirt – Slang gossip; scandalous information

Twitter – an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”.

Nope, don’t see how the material above fits on this website at all. /s

Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile) says:

Brain thing

a person who pays money for the sake of increasing the number of followers has a weak and disturbed personality

I must spend too much time immersed in tech-y stuff. I read that sentence the first time as:

a person who pays money for the sake of increasing the number of followers has a weak and distributed personality

Anonymous Coward says:

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Not at all. Paying for Twitter followers is a case of dishonesty to gain attention, which is in turn a case of black lying to the public. It is a fine thing that a cleric should be successfully making this connection and directing the attention of the public to the moral problems.

Many clerics struggle with successfully identifying moral problems. It is a very fine thing that this cleric has done such a good job.

Anonymous Coward says:

“it is a sign of the pervasiveness of Twitter these days.”

This is a very poor conclusion. I feel Techdirt has missed an important point: to a psychologist, every element of behavior is significant. There is no “It’s just Twitter”. Often in psychology it’s the little things in human behavior that tell the most.
Sorry, I know it’s hard for someone who isn’t educated in psychology to fully understand this and it’s also hard for me to explain it to such a person.

sussie (user link) says:

Brain thing

For starters its good to have a good number of social followers. it increases credibility at the same time it also adds a good confidence for your website. it will definitely help as a short term goal, and you have an ample time to build your real followers as well. You can buy Twitter followers cheap here – .. It was referred to us by colleague and we’ve been using this company’s services since last year..

Media Combo (profile) says:


I agree. The idea of buying social followers does not make any sense and I don’t even know how influential and religious people fall into this dishonest practice.

I was reading at Medium and I can’t even believe, according to this article , that back then it was Twitter followers and now we have the same dishonest practice on Instagram. These social media platforms should star banning users that fall into this practice.

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