British Prime Minister David Cameron has told Parliament that he is investigating whether to stop people communicating via social networking sites if they are known to be planning criminal activity.
He said to the House of Commons Thursday: “Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. So 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.”
In the statement he released to the media before he spoke to Parliament, he also said: “when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.”
When he was later challenged to increase the headcount of police on the streets, he replied that the focus should be on whether “to give the police the technology to trace people on Twitter or BBM or close it down” before talking about police resources.
He added: ”The key thing is that the police were facing a new circumstance where rioters were using BBM — a closed network — so they knew where they were going to loot next. We’ve got to examine that and know how to keep up with them.”..."