Religious Spam Round-Up 10: Isplam

Every day social media users, especially those identifying as agnostics, atheists and skeptics, are subjected to a barrage of religious spam from true believers. This tends to be repeated, day in, day out, several times a day with no attempt to engage or discuss the matter. It’s spam, plain and simple. Some groups even seem to use small botnets, multiple accounts or proxies to spam hundreds of identical or similar messages all in one go.

Let’s look at some, all from one afternoon and evening on Twitter and only a small sample…

Sometimes, several times a day, we get this…

Tidal Wave of Bullshit

Coordinated spam, all at once, dominating the feed and the hashtags. Usually #atheism and #atheist but often other faiths and whatever happens to be the trending topics at the time. Always linking to the same stuff and when you can get a reply referring to eDialogue where you can sign in and be proselytized to by an implacable Islamic parrot. If it’s them trying to attract traffic, bad show. If its spammers acting independently, bad show too.

Ignoring it is hard because searches don’t always honour blocks and filtering will make discussion and debate impossible with legitimate people.

I suggest logging on to it, reporting this and linking back.

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2 responses to “Religious Spam Round-Up 10: Isplam

  1. Wow, I don’t use Twitter, so I was entirely unaware of this tendency. It must be annoying. I’ve noticed if I look at the atheism tag on WordPress there are plenty of posts having little to do with atheism at all.

    I’ve said elsewhere, that many of the arguments against atheism have little to do with trying to convince atheists to be believers but with keeping the religious in the fold. I’m tempted to wonder if those people aren’t targeting people like you and me so much as targeting Muslims who might be having doubts and therefore looking at things tagged with atheism. In a way, if that’s the case, the spamming makes sense. They actually want to be noise making it difficult to find a positive tweet about atheism. Now that I think about it, I’ve put up a couple of posts about former Muslims who are now atheists, and a few about a woman who is an outspoken feminist, and on those few occasions, my stats from countries with large Muslim populations goes up noticeably, so people are looking for those subjects.

    People don’t just get brainwashed as kids and then left to their own devices for the rest of their life. Maintaining the massive edifice of organized religion takes constant reinforcement. Without it, I’m sure many people would fall away.

  2. Pingback: Islam Spam: Redux | The AtheFist

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