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Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger were NOT used to spread rioting so don’t shut them down, executives tell MPs

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UK Daily Mail
Sept 16, 2011

Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerrys were not used to organise violence during August’s riots, executives representing the companies have told MPs.

Speaking to the Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, the representatives said there was ‘no evidence’ the services had been used to co-ordinate the unrest across the country.

They added that government plans to turn off the social networking sites at times of unrest would be ‘absolutely horrible.’

Despite this, Stephen Bates, managing director of BlackBerry-owner Research in Motion said the company would comply with orders given in special circumstances such as threats of terrorism or mass criminality.

He added that the company had a strong view that communications and social media were a force for good and it didn’t see it ‘being a good way forward’ to suspend social networks during periods of large-scale disorder.

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