Blocking Communications during riots ?
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The government’s home minister, Theresa May, according to one account of the meeting, said that the aim was not to “discuss restricting Internet services,” but to instead “crack down on the networks being used for criminal behavior.”
In the wake of the UK-wide riots and the growing evidence that mobile applications like the BlackBerry Messaging system had helped rioters organise and amplify their activity , the UK government is considering a review of social media.
By Mohammed Abbas LONDON | Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:49pm IST
In light of last weekend's riots in London, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is considering banning individuals from social media if they are suspected of plotting criminal activity. Soon after the riots subsided, it became clear that BlackBerry Messenger played an instrumental role in how the rioters organized themselves. UK authorities also believe that Twitter and Facebook played a role as well.
It seems totalitarian states like Egypt and Libya aren’t the only ones struggling with the impact of social media and the desire to muzzle services like Twitter and Facebook.
16 August 2011 Last updated at 11:38 ET
The UK government is contemplating tactics against the UK riots that set dangerous precedents. In Parliament today, PM David Cameron said authorities and the industry were looking at “whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.”
After several days of destructive riots throughout the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron is practically tripping over himself in his eagerness to sacrifice liberty for security.
11 August 2011 Last updated at 13:57 GMT Curbs on social media and texting are being considered by the government The government is exploring whether to turn off social networks or stop people texting during times of social unrest.