Saudi Cleric Warns Against ‘Sinful’ Hashtags on Twitter

Creating a hashtag that Twitter users would use to speak ill of someone is a sinful act, a prominent Saudi cleric said. Saad al-Khathlan, a member of the Council of Senior Ulema, tweeted Friday that the creator of a hashtag would carry the burden of the sins of all those who use that hashtag to talk negatively about someone.

Twitter has become one of the most popular platforms online for Saudis to discuss their issues. A local tech site reported last month that there are 4 million active users of the service in Saudi Arabia. (via)