Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti doesn’t think much of Twitter. In fact, he calls it a “council of clowns.” While I do sympathize (and note the definition of the word ‘twit‘), clearly he (and I) are not the demographic for whom Twitter is an important social medium. I’ll even agree that it’s a place rampant with misinformation and inanities. But, there you go… people do what people do. Now, they’re expressing themselves in 144-character ejaculations.

Twitter is only a subset of the Internet, a medium itself rife with mis- and disinformation, but also a fount of great knowledge. The trick is learning to distinguish the two. That’s not always as easily done as said, though, and youths — whose cognitive facilities are still developing — might have a harder time of it. But again… there you go…. It won’t be forcibly wrenched from the cell phones of its users. It may, however, die its own slow death when something newer comes along.
Al Arabiya -

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti has criticized the social media website Twitter as a “council of clowns” and a place for those who “unleash unjust, incorrect and wrong tweets.”

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh made the statements during a speech to Saudi Arabia’s senior religious scholars on Friday, the Saudi-based al-Watan newspaper reported Saturday.

The Grand Mufti argued that most of young people are wasting their time on chatting and using the internet, especially Twitter.

Saudi Arabia has three million Twitter users, more than any country in the Middle East, with a growth rate of 300 percent year-on-year, according to a report by the Social Clinic, a Jeddah-based social media consultancy.

Between 2011 and 2012, the number of Twitter users in the kingdom grew by 3,000 percent. The kingdom accounts for an average 50 million tweets per month most of them written in the Arabic language.

[Disclosure: I use Twitter to augment the various feeds for Crossroads Arabia. You can follow the feed (which links to the latest articles) at #jfb1138.]

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