UK Riots: Gov’t Mulls Kill Switch For Twitter & Facebook, Army On Streets
Opposition calls for rethink on CCTV scale back
Aug 11, 2011
The British government has today suggested that it is working with the intelligence agencies on a way of shutting down at will social media websites including Twitter, claiming that they were used by looters to organise and avoid police during the riots in London and elsewhere in the UK.
“Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.” Prime Minister David Cameron said during today’s emergency meeting of Parliament.
“Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organised via social media.” Cameron said.
“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.” The Prime Minister added, without going into detail concerning how a block on such services would be applied.