BRITAIN CONSIDERS SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWNS: COULD U.S. BE NEXT?
August 12, 2011
Social media has drawn heavy scrutiny in the U.K from the government, and if the riots continue, Prime Minister David Cameron may push for the drastic step of blocking certain internet communication platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Blackberry instant messenger.
Wired is reporting that P.M. Cameron has been considering the “pre-crime” blocking of social media websites to avert more riots, and allow authorities to catch up with arrests of suspects shown rioting on surveillance camera footage or inciting violence through social media. Prime Minister Cameron addressed the British House of Commons Thursday, saying:
“Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. 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.”