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    David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week's riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.

    The prime minister said the government will review whether it is possible to stop suspected rioters spreading online messages, in his opening statement during a Commons debate on Thursday on the widespread civil disorder for which MPs were recalled from their summer recess.
    Cameron urged Twitter and Facebook to remove messages, images and videos that could incite more unrest across the country. "All of them should think about their responsibility and about taking down those images," he said.
    Source: The Guardian

    Political censorship of the Internet comes to the UK it seems.
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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    That's the right for you. Crushing opposition.
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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    While I may not support this course of action, lets get one thing clear.

    This was not a politically motivated demonstration or anything of that nature.

    This was one riot about a young man getting shot by police, that exploded into youths taking advantage of a breakdown of law and order to loot and burn and in some cases kill.

    That is all.

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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    Source: The Guardian

    Political censorship of the Internet comes to the UK it seems.
    He is loving the situation since he can force his shackles aka the Lib Dems to implement some of the draconian things that the Conservatives are known for. Sadly Labour are in a bit of a bind since they cant be seen in protesting too much against the draconian measures since that would make them look weak on crime.

    For one, he has said that they are looking into evicting people who live in council estates (government housing), either directly or through relatives in the household, if someone in the household is convicted in conjunction with these riots. My bets are that this draconian measure will continue long beyond that if I know the Conservatives right. Yea that is a brilliant idea.. make people homeless as a collective punishment for someone in the household committing a crime... where is it I have seen that being done for the last 20+ years to no avail? And for the record, this will effect a lot of people, since half of the those so far through the court system have been under 18. So if Cameron gets his way, then whole families will be homeless because of the actions of one person...

    And the most ironic thing is that Cameron has the judicial system running 24/7 to convict these people, but guess what... because of cut backs there is no room in the prison system and no money to expand it...even Labour is calling for more prisons but the Conservatives are against it... wtf?

    While I have no sympathy for these thugs and criminals what so ever, I am shocked to see how far the UK political elite are possibly willing to go to hit down on these trouble makers... there has even been talk from the Conservatives of out right banning twitter, Facebook and so on from the UK for a period..... anyone ever see V for Vendetta?
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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetmanboogie

    This was one riot about a young man getting shot by police
    No it wasn't.
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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    Source: The Guardian

    Political censorship of the Internet comes to the UK it seems.
    Makes you wonder if it was all instigated.

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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    No it wasn't.
    Yes it was. The original "spark" was protests against the Police for the shooting of a black man. At the time the police were dragging their feet and the people of the area in Tottenham gathered to get answers. From these protests, some persons, mostly from the outside of the community, saw fit to start troubles. This spread over the next few days, as the gangs and youth saw the police could not handle the situation.

    The sad part is that in all this violence the fact that the black man was in fact murdered by the Police has been totally forgotten by the media.
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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    I am not sorry to say that in a civilized society if you have a grievance with the way things are going you can organize and protest all you want to bring about the changes you want, however the minute you cross the line and begin to burn and destroy private businesses that had nothing what ever to do with the issue that is being used as a scape goat to act out with unreasonable acts that deserve no public support.

    I for one believe this could have been stopped early on by shooting rioters who loot or set fires.

    Harsh, not in my mind. I see these people as terrorists and they deserve the treatment they get, up to and including being shot to death.

    If you want change, use the system, get involved because one person can make a difference. I believe that or i would never have become a City Councilman.

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    Re: David Cameron considers banning suspected rioters from social media

    If shutting down the Internet didn't work in Egypt, this won't work in the UK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    If shutting down the Internet didn't work in Egypt, this won't work in the UK.
    I vote for the Libyan precedent of creating no-fly zones, embargoes and a humanitarian bombing campaign until Cameron and the queen give all power to the protesters, who need to be treated as the legitimate government of great Britain.
    Last edited by BmanMcfly; 08-11-11 at 04:42 PM.

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