Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric has said Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation.” Which is a very tweetable sound bite.
“If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it’s exploited for trivial matters,” Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said.
Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation”, the mufti said.
“People are rushing to it thinking it’s a source of credible information but it’s a source of lies and falsehood.”
As the highest religious authority in the country Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh holds a senior government position, advising on the law and social affairs.
He was also voted the 12th most influential Muslim in the world in a recent poll.
He said users were using Twitter to “promote lies, backbite and gossip and to slander Islam”.