I portrayed one scenario where things would escalate enough that the POTUS would have to take action….take over Twitter. Well, it appears the UK government is pondering something similar, in light of the riots in England.
According to TNW, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement:
“Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. 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.”
Shortly afterwards, the UK’s Home Secretary announced she would be meeting with Facebook, Twitter and the makers of the Blackberry.
Scary huh? No, not the riots. Those aren’t scary, those are a down right disgrace. No excuses, right?
Well, it seems like our western governments seem to turn a blind eye, when social media is used to create unrest in the Middle East. Heck, there are rumors that those talks with social networks are more of the encouraging kind.
Is there a double standard? When does the use of social media switch from “fueling democracy” to “fueling riots?”
This post could get ugly, so I’m going to stop now, with a question.
Do we want to live in a world where Big Brother has the power to stop our use of social media?