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
    btr1701 (profile), 11 Aug 2011 @ 11:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Calm them down

    > Which means you're responsible, too. Because you
    > did nothing to stop them.

    I'm in frakking California, genius. Stopping them from Santa Monica isn't exactly an option.

    And even if I was there, I wouldn't have the legal ability to stop them. Britain has disarmed its citizens and left them helpless at the hands of these barbaric animal. I wouldn't be responsible for not stopping their psychotic orgy of violence, because I wouldn't have the ability to do it. If the entire police force couldn't, why do you think I could? Or in situations like that, am I supposed to just sacrifice myself on the altar of your god of social justice?

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