Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)‘s role in fighting oppressive regimes is not seen as a positive attribute by Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, a top Islamic cleric, who denounced the social media platform in a ‘fatwa’ on television. Susan Baaghil quoted the cleric in a story on RT.
It’s not a trivial issue for Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), since Saudi Arabia has the highest monthly active users for the micro blogging website in the world, according to Baaghil. I wonder if its a trend that the more oppressive, authoritarian, and overbearing the state is, the more need people feel to voice their opinions through platforms like twitter.
While talking about Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) the cleric was quoted as saying, “People are rushing to it thinking it’s a source of credible information but it’s a source of lies and falsehood.” According to the article, a number of users from the region also second the cleric’s view and have even tweeted about closing their accounts. It is unclear whether that decision is out of fear or religious catharsis.
A very important facet of education is providing the people with all sides of the story, and as far as Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is concerned, the platform is doing a pretty good job at educating people. Is the Saudi government up to the task as well? The latest move of denouncing twitter shows quite the opposite. The government, or the religious authorities but its is pretty obvious who is behind the religious show, wants people to digest their brand of information. Information that they choose to provide them. Something which is more of a characteristic of an authoritarian regime.
Islam is, as far as I know, and I am no authority but I have considerable knowledge about the religion itself, does not purport oppression. Leaders have a responsibility to their people who should be heard, and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is a platform that provides just that.
It is only when the state machinery resists this, that the violence erupts. Peaceful means of protests and encouraging people to voice their opinions through platforms like Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) should be encouraged in a society.
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