Saudis Hunting ‘Sorcerers’ on Twitter

Saudis Hunting ‘Sorcerers’ on Twitter February 11, 2014

The religious police in Saudi Arabia, formally known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, has launched a task force to monitor Twitter accounts in order to identify and track “sorcerers” and “witches.” Which don’t actually exist, of course.

Saudi Arabia, which has the largest number of Twitter users relative to internet users in the world, has formed a special task force to track users of the popular social media who are accused of spreading vice and witchcraft.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which serves as the religious police of the conservative Gulf kingdom, is conducting surveillance of Twitter accounts in an effort to reign in heightened interest in subjects related to sorcery.

The religious public watchdog is keeping a lookout for those accounts which “are spreading vice and witchcraft” through the community, said Ahmed Al Jardan, the Commission’s spokesman, as quoted by the Saudi news network Al Arabiya.

“We will track down all those who are behind these accounts whether they are men or women…we are determined to eliminate these accounts before they become widespread and out of control,” he said.

Oh yes, can’t let them get out of control. Whatever that means. (Hat tip: Sharon Hill)

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