Blaming the Tools: Britain Proposes a Social-Media Ban

It seems totalitarian states like Egypt and Libya aren’t the only ones struggling with the impact of social media and the desire to muzzle services such as Twitter and Facebook. In the wake of the riots in London, the British government says it’s considering shutting down access to social networks—as well as Research In Motion’s BlackBerry messenger service—and is asking the companies involved to help. Prime Minister David Cameron said that not only is his government considering banning individuals from using social media if they are suspected of causing disorder, but that it has also asked Twitter and other providers to take down images and posts that are contributing to "unrest."

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