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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    first, 22 Aug 2012 @ 2:01am

    yay furst!

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    techflaws (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 2:12am

    I'm just marveling that such a topic even warrants such scrutiny

    Or that it warrants mentioning here.

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      Ninja (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 3:44am

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      It's tech. And it's amusing. Who cares if some1 bought followers? Apparently Allah does.

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      Fickelbra (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 6:36am

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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

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 3:38am

    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

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    abc gum, 22 Aug 2012 @ 4:53am

    idk, call me crazy - but one would think there are more important things for a cleric to be pontificating about.

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      Anonymous Coward, 24 Aug 2012 @ 8:19am

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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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2012 @ 5:49am

    "...suggested that such practices go beyond even ethical questions" from above in conjunction with:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/statistical-probability-that-mitt-rom neys-new-twitter-followers-are-just-normal-users-0/260539/

    I like where this is going.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2012 @ 6:27am

    I love how Howie Mandel promotes his Twitter so hardcore on AGT. I bet he would suck dick to gain followers lmao and I'd stake my life on the bet that 85% plus are paid followers.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2012 @ 7:31am

    "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.

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2012 @ 2:06pm

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      *Whoosh*
      I believe they were referring to the fact that a religious figure felt the need to comment on the topic of Twitter follower purchasing. They weren't implying that Twitter brings this behaviour out in people.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Sep 2012 @ 4:34pm

    "it is a sign of the pervasiveness of Twitter these days."

    lol, no it isnt, people have been buying followers since man created religion

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    Bbros, 5 Dec 2012 @ 2:24am

    DONT BUY FAKE TWITTER FOLLOWERS - You can get REAL & TARGETED Twitter Followers that are actually REAL people at http://twitterbomb.co.uk

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