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England riots: Government mulls social media controls

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14493497

 

Extract from BBC Article:

"The government is exploring whether to turn off social networks or stop people texting during times of social unrest.

David Cameron said the intelligence services and the police were exploring whether it was "right and possible" to cut off those plotting violence.

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The prime minister told MPs the government was exploring the turn-o... made to the House of Commons during an emergency recall of Parliament.

Mr Cameron said anyone watching the riots would be "struck by how they were organised via social media".

He said the government, using input from the police, intelligence services and industry, was looking at whether there should, or could, be limits on social media if it was being used to spread disorder."

 

The question I have is whether social media is that different from other media (telephone, radio, newspaper, television)? Does the gov't have the right to turn off these media during times of social unrest ? if so why arent they also considering blocking or turning off these services during times of unrest.

Would that be any different from those countries that block twitter/facebook during social uprisings.? those countries that we generally say do not support democracy, privacy and all the nice sounding words.

 

Would the UK government be any different

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