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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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Filed Under: buying followers, saudi cleric, sheikh abdullah, sins, twitter followers
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    Media Combo (profile), 13 Jul 2019 @ 9:03am

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    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 https://medium.com/@laurenholliday_/how-to-increase-your-instagram-followers-by-7x-in-30-days-6586bb 1ec510 , 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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