Blame it on the Social Media

In an unprecedented move, and as a result of the Riots witnessed in London, the Home Secretary Theresa May of the Home Office of the UK has requested representatives of the social mediums Facebook, Twitter & BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to attend a summit that would look to limit access to such mediums during times of disorder (sic David Cameron).

So far, only Facebook has responded and said it would attend the summit.

(BBC link).

Prime Minister David Cameron sparked controversy when he suggested that the government might look at disconnecting some online and telecommunications services in the event of further civil disorder.

Addressing Parliament he 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.”

Police in London said that they managed to thwart attacks on the Olympic site and on Oxford Street based information gathered from Twitter and BBM.

To think that social media is somewhat responsible for organising riots is preposterous. Social Media is a medium for communication, if you seek to restrict access to it as well, what is happening here is downstream correction rather than upstream prevention. For the elements that incite the riots, will remain the same.

It is freedom; it is a freedom given to Social Media users to communicate freely and openly in any matter. If it is being used for nefarious purposes, then blame not the social medium, but blame the end-user.

Could it be feasible to erect blockades to certain groupings on these mediums? Would the people accept this gross invasion of their privacy, for the matter of national security?

Much like Echelon is used to keep global tabs on words being used across the Word Wide Web that could incite unruly behavior, would it be possible to have a similar watch dog on social media?

I am all for Regulation, but it has to be imposed upon all, favoring one person, or country, over another in terms of social media blockades must be removed.

Equality for all.

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