Saudi cleric calls buying fake Twitter followers a 'sin'
Riyadh, Aug. 20 (ANI): A Saudi cleric has said that adding fraudulent followers to your Twitter account is a sin.
Senior Islamic scholar Sheikh Abdullah said that purchasing followers to boost your Twitter popularity is a 'lie and slander'.
According to the New York Daily News, Abdullah's comments appear to be aimed at a common practice among celebrities and religious figures in Saudi Arabia, who add fake followers to increase their popularity.
Saudi companies reportedly charge between 70 and 270 dollars for adding up to 10,000 new fake followers to a Twitter account, the report said.
According to the report, Abdullah said: "Thou shalt not pay for faux followers on Twitter. Not only is it a 'lie and a slander,' and thus a sin".
The Sabq piece has also been supported by a mental health expert in the country.
"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," psychologist Dr. Talal Thaqafi said. (ANI)
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