Saturday, August 20, 2011

Social Media & Governments: Facebook in UK

BBC unveiled major social networks were called to the home office next on 25th of August to discuss the English riots with home secretary Theresa May.

Facebook has confirmed its attendance while Twitter did not respond to a question by BBC.
Blackberry has suggested it will also be there.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government would look at limiting access to such services during any future disorder.

"We look forward to meeting with the home secretary to explain the measures we have been taking to ensure that Facebook is a safe and positive platform for people in the UK at this challenging time," it said in a statement.

David Cameron said government is "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.

Communications networks that operate in the UK can be compelled to hand over individuals' personal messages if police are able to show that they relate to criminal behaviour.
The rules gathering such queries are outlined in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

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