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Facebook and Twitter to oppose calls for social media blocks during riots

Posted By yihan On August 24, 2011 @ 7:30 am In Prison Planet,Tile | Comments Disabled

Josh Halliday
London Guardian [1]
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Facebook and Twitter are preparing to face down government ministers over calls to ban people from social networks or shut their websites down in times of civil unrest.

The major social networks are expected to offer no concessions when they meet the home secretary, Theresa May, at a Home Office summit on Thursday lunchtime.

Ministers are expected to row back on David Cameron’s call for suspected rioters to be banned from social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, following the riots and looting across England a fortnight ago.

The home secretary will explore what measures the major social networks could take to help contain disorder – including how law enforcement can more effectively use the sites – rather than discuss powers to shut them down. The acting Metropolitan police commissioner, Tim Godwin, and the Tory MP Louise Mensch have separately explored the idea of shutting down websites during emergencies.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/aug/24/uk-riots-facebook-twitter-blackberry

[2] Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are an elaborate CIA spying scheme: http://www.prisonplanet.com/facebook-twitter-and-other-social-media-sites-are-an-elaborate-cia-spying-scheme.html

[3] Twitter study casts doubts on ministers’ post-riots plan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/twitter-study-casts-doubts-on-ministers-post-riots-plan.html

[4] UK Riots: Gov’t Mulls Kill Switch For Twitter & Facebook, Army On Streets: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-riots-govt-mulls-kill-switch-for-twitter-facebook-army-on-streets.html

[5] Government may use Facebook, Twitter for terror alerts: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-may-use-facebook-twitter-for-terror-alerts.html

[6] Twitter and Facebook ‘harming children’s development’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/twitter-and-facebook-harming-childrens-development.html

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