Social media site Twitter has been denounced as a "platform for trading accusations and for promoting lies" by Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Shaikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia. Emirates 247
reported that the religious leader of the devout Muslim nation, which houses the Holiest City in the Islamic world, has urged "real Muslims" to avoid Twitter.
Furthermore, Sheikh Al Shaikh has instructed the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi's notorious religious police, to crackdown on Twitter users. Ironically the Grand Mufti's words follow a $300 million investment in Twitter by Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud and his Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) in December, as Digital Journal
It is too early to predict if this Islamic edict from Saudi's highest religious authority will deter Muslims from using Twitter. It has been a tool used by many over the last year to promote changes within the Muslim world, from Tunisia and Egypt, to Saudi Arabia itself. According to Foreign Policy
, Twitter was used by Egyptian bloggers who said "We're tweeting to humanize the Brotherhood and correct misconceptions," referring to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Notable events from Saudi Arabia have been tweeted in real time, such as Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel's September Tweet
announcing King Abdullah's decision to revoke the 10 lashes punishment imposed upon a female driver. Twitter is credited with giving women a political voice and allowing the dissemination of information from a society which prefers certain news items to remain internal affairs.
Al-Shaikhs' call to boycott Twitter could even back-fire against him, if those who use Twitter and consider themselves "real Muslims," take offence at his slur on their religious values.