UK government and Cameron are looking into ways to censor social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Ian katz, Deputy Editor, The Guardian Tweeted Cameron: Govt is looking at whether police could stop people using networks such as BBM. Police will be able to ban facial covering #ukriots Sky News Political Correspondent, Sophy Ridge also Tweeted Sources close to Cameron say he hasn’t ruled out clamping down on social media:”we’re having discussions” – about how to do it & if they shd.
JEFF JARVIS wrote, 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.” Well, at least he did post it as a question of right and wrong.
It would be wrong, sir. Who is to say what communication and content should be banned from whom on what platform? On my Blackberry? My computer? My telephone? My streetcorner?
David Cameron address to Parliament on Thursday (via the Telegraph)
Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organized via social media.
Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.
And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.
So we are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look 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.
I have also asked the police if they need any other new powers.