Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Al-Awain
There are over half a million Twitter accounts that target Saudi Arabia and attempt to wreak havoc in society. Only countries can run such a large number of accounts. Some of the accounts promote atheistic thoughts, some prostitution, others lewdness and homosexuality. They all have one common goal: to destroy religion and morality in society.
Dr. Fayez Al-Shehri, an expert on social media websites and a member of the security committee of the Shoura Council, said there are around 25,000 Twitter accounts that promote child pornography and sexual exploitation and 4,500 accounts encouraging atheism. All of these accounts target Saudis, according to the report Dr. Al-Shehri sent to the Council.
Some accounts promote questions seeking to create doubt about the existence of Allah, the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), major Islamic events that took place in the past, the Holy Qur’an, the companions of the Prophet and the wives of the Prophet. What is really shocking and disgusting is that many of these accounts focus on incest. They want Saudis and Arabs to follow the West in engaging in such heinous activities. Those responsible for these accounts want others to think that they have a lot of people following them.
We all know that there are good and bad members of every society; there are righteous and perverted people and respectable and low persons. Not all members of society are angels. No one can deny that. However, we should not ignore these social media accounts nor dismiss them as unimportant or unable to influence our religious and political values as well as our ethics. We should take practical and strict action and employ technology to hack into these accounts to find out who is running them. Otherwise, our national unity and solidarity will be weak and fragile in the future.
Only the Ministry of Interior can take such action and destroy these social media accounts before they are able to affect our ethics and our young men and women, children and families.