A few months ago, Betabeat investigated the seedy practice of buying Facebook likes. Fledgling companies and wannabe stars frequently pad their profiles with fake fans in order to boost their cred and give themselves something called “social proof,” the illusion that others have vetted and recommended them.
Buying Twitter followers is also on the rise, with social agencies that hawk fake Twitter profiles even counting presidential candidates as customers.
The whole practice is inarguably tacky, but according to one Saudi cleric, it’s also a sin.
Writes Al Arabiya:
Senior scholar Sheikh Abdullah told Saudi online news site Sabq that it was “a lie and slander” to pay money to companies to create Twitter followers – thought to be a common practice among celebrities and religious figures in the kingdom.
Such tactics, he reportedly said, created “ghost” Twitter users.
It’s comforting to know that–along with Twitter and its new draconian API rules–religious figures are also monitoring the integrity of the microblogging platform. Watch out, Mitt Romney.