UK Prime Minister Wants To Ban Suspected Rioters From Facebook & Twitter

from the oh-come-on dept

After initially blaming the Blackberry and suggesting that Blackberry's messaging service be shut down to try to quell the UK riots, it seems that UK politicians are trying to up the level of "bad ideas in reaction to riots" with Prime Minister David Cameron suggesting that those who are suspected of rioting be banned from social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.

The prime minister said the government will review whether it is possible to stop suspected rioters spreading online messages, in his opening statement during a Commons debate on Thursday on the widespread civil disorder for which MPs were recalled from their summer recess.
I'm at a loss to see how anyone believes that cutting off communication for people who feel disenfranchised will suddenly make them less interested in rioting. There's this rush by people in charge to think that "if only we could stop them from spreading messages, that will calm them down." That seems likely to be a giant miscalculation. It's not hard to get around any such ban, and instituting such a ban is just likely to piss off the very people they're trying to calm down.

Filed Under: david cameron, free speech, london, pre-crime, riots, social networks, uk
Companies: facebook, rim, twitter


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  1. icon
    Any Mouse (profile), 11 Aug 2011 @ 7:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Calm them down

    The 'perceived wrongs' were culminated in the gunning down of a young man in the back seat of a cab. The gun they found on him, and he did have one, was IN A SOCK. This was a slaying, pure and simple. It was the spark that set off a portion of the population that has been marginalized and forgotten, save to keep cutting any help they might possibly have had. With all the money flowing upwards, those at the bottom are being told they need to 'pull themselves up by their bootstraps.' The economy does not support this.

    But no, they aren't 'upset citizens.' They're ALL responsible for the violent acts of just a few. Which means you're responsible, too. Because you did nothing to stop them.

    Read the reports, talk to the people, understand the issues. THEN come back and comment.

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