The riots and ramapages in Britain are both disturbing and destructive.  To some extent, like the rebellion in Egypt, they are being driven by the social media like Facebrook and Twitter.  So much so that Prime Minister Cameron is considering banning some people from using the social media.

This morning’s Globe and Mail wants none of that:  “Banning or restricting the use of social media networks is a tool of dictatorial regimes and British Prime Minister David Cameron send the wrong mesage by announcing that he is considering it.  The free flow of information is a democracy’s lifeblood and it needs protection too.”

China heavily restricts the use of the media.

Should Britain do the same to help halt these riots?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    No. Nor censored. Free speech and all that.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    But what if those suing tghe social media are using them to foment criminal activity?

  3. 3

    So? If they don’t have the social media, they have telephones, email, and vis-a-vis. Anyone who wants to commit a crime will find a way to communicate with like-minded individuals.

  4. 4
    Barbara Says:

    It is not the fault of social media that these punks are using it to foment criminal activity. Inciting to violence is a crime no matter how it is accomplished.

  5. 5

    Social Networks are a knife that cuts both ways.

    Yes, it rallied the “troops” of the riots but it also enabled authorities to pinpoint many because their photos were posted on Facebook.

  6. 6
    jim Says:

    The U.S. monitors millions of communications every day.The London Police could do the same monitoring on a smaller scale without interfering with the users rights. They already have the cameras on the city street lamp posts, now all they have to do is fix it by matching the camera electronics to the cellphone electronic number of the rioter and voila! you have the goods on him/her on tape.
    i.e. Point the magic camera at the rioter.
    The camera picks up the transmission signal of the rioter.
    The police automatically pick up the conversation on the rioter’s phone.
    They can arrest him/her now or later.
    No censorship, no interference with free speach, no banning, no restriction, no Cameron.

  7. 7

    Maybe the media could be suspended when the police are in the middle of an organized riot. Just take away one of their “tools” for a few hours.

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