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Head Of Saudi Religious Police Condemns Use Of Twitter

By Tendar Tsering on May 16, 2013 3:15 AM EDT 0

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Many Saudis in recent years have joined the social network in fight against the conservative kingdom. (Photo: Reuters)

Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the head of Saudi Arabia's religious police said that anyone who uses social networks, especially Twitter "has lost this world and his afterlife."

The religious police head said that Twitter is for people who have nothing to do other than tweeting.

The warning comes at a time when its people are increasingly joining the social network Twitter. According to the BBC, the conservative kingdom is said to be the world's fastest country in the uptake of the social network in recent times.

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Many Saudis in recent years have seized on Twitter as the most effective way to the conservative kingdom.

This is not the first time such otherwise strange principles have echoed from the nation. The news rather reminds us of the imam of the Grand Mosque who last April used his sermon -seen by millions on Tv - to label Twitter as a threat to national unity.

The kingdom's grand mufti (religious head) earlier at several occasions attacked the Twitter users calling them 'fools' and 'clowns.'

Indeed, the remarks of these leaders tend to clearly reflect Riyadh's concern that its people could be using the social networks to discuss sensitive and officially forbidden political, religious and other issues.

Following recent protests in the Eastern province and tweeting of images of human rights activists on trial, the Saudi government has mooted moves in a bid to prohibit Twitter users by linking their online accounts to their Saudi ID numbers.

Amid challenges against taboos, a number of online activists have been also detained in recent times.  

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