David Cameron vows to curb Twitter following riots

David Cameron addressed Members of Parliament yesterday and vowed to introduce tougher laws and punishments in response to the riots

A range of policies will be introduced as David Cameron promises offenders will pay for their crimes after the riots, many of which gained momentum through mobile messaging systems and social networking sites.

The Prime Minister announced the introduction of stronger police powers in response to the riots and measures, starting with restrictions to social networking sites such as Twitter.

He confirmed that Home Secretary Theresa May will be meeting with various social media companies including Twitter and Facebook to discuss how responsible these sites have been in the riots.

‘Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organized via social media,’ says Cameron.

Last night Tory MP Louise Mensch expressed her anger, tweeting: ‘If riot info and fear is spreading by Facebook and Twitter, shut them off for an hour or two. The world won’t implode.’

Twitter and Facebook are not only social networking companies that will be questioned over the riots. The Home Secretary will also meet with Research In Motion(RIM) the company responsible for Blackberry Messenger, to discuss broadcast messages that may have played a part in the violence that took place this week.

Cameron’s attack on social media services have faced criticisms from both the general public and free speech groups, who believe restrictions on Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger breach basic freedom rights.

But Mr. Cameron defended his plans, accepting that the free flow of information can be used for good but that it can also be used in build negative momentum. ‘When people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.’

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