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British Double-Standard - Cameron pledges to look into SHUTTING DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE UK!

 
Anonymous Coward
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British Double-Standard - Cameron pledges to look into SHUTTING DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE UK!
Although the UK has long criticised countries like China, Iran, and Libya for web and social media censorship, British MPs and also PM Cameron have pledged to look into possibly blocking or shutting down social media services during selected periods of time. Cameron has already told Parliament:

"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."

Even China's People's Daily is pointing their finger at the UK for being hypocritical and with reference to internet censorship in China and other countries "they [the UK] can't complain about it."

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08/13/2011 10:11 PM
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Re: British Double-Standard - Cameron pledges to look into SHUTTING DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE UK!
what about the charge"using a telecommunications device to

commit an offence"

we have it here, not only can the police charge you but the

company involved can also take you to court.
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08/13/2011 10:29 PM
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Re: British Double-Standard - Cameron pledges to look into SHUTTING DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE UK!
what about the charge"using a telecommunications device to

commit an offence"

we have it here, not only can the police charge you but the

company involved can also take you to court.
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Suppose it depends on how easy it would be to define using the device to commit an offense.

With the move proposed by Cameron and the House of Commons, no offense is necessary. They would presumably have the legal means to censor Twitter, Facebook, YouTube whatever...on a whim.

A political group gathering nearby Number 10 with "unsavoury" views? Simple: shut off Twitter and Facebook.

I'm just amazed that there is not more outcry regarding this.
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08/13/2011 10:39 PM
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Not much about this is making it into the British MSM, as you might expect. That said, this is a truly significant step towards limiting free speech in the western world, and Britain leads the way.

This should be pinned...
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