Twitter Users are Controlled from Outside, Saudi Minister Says

Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Affair Minister downplayed the influence of the current discourse on social networking sites, saying it is “effective but limited,” according to Asharq al-Awsat today.

Saleh Al Alsheikh, who was speaking during a meeting organized by the Minister of Foreign affairs, described the debate on Twitter as a “fad produced by minds that lack moral discipline.” He also said that the fact that the discussions on Twitter move quickly from one topic to another is evidence that there are outside parties who control Twitter users.

Al Alsheikh is not the first Saudi official to speak out against Twitter in recent weeks. Early in October, the Saudi Grand Mufti, who belongs to the same Al Alsheikh clan, said that “Twitter and similar websites are founded upon lies and defamation.”