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Index on Censorship reaction to David Cameron comments on social media
11 Aug 2011
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Index on Censorship news editor Padraig Reidy said today:

“David Cameron must not allow legitimate anger over the recent riots and looting in the UK to be used in an attack on free expression and free information. Too often, channels of communication, whether Twitter, Facebook or BlackBerry Messenger are seen as the culprits in acts of violence and anti-social behaviour, rather than merely the conduit. While police in investigations should be able to investigate relevant communications, there should be no power to pre-emptively monitor or suspend communications for ordinary social media users.”

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3 responses to “Index on Censorship reaction to David Cameron comments on social media”

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  3. Jonneh says:

    In fairness, I believe he is talking about measures for a) police to be able to track any communications which may be being used to organise crime and b) preventing messaging in those cases.

    Nobody wants to see social media victimised, but I’m sure social media also doesn’t want to be seen to be providing safety and security to thugs looking to rob, steal and set fire to homes/businesses.

    There must be a middle ground here where the police can do their job without infringing on the rights of the greater media.