U.K. Government Considers Blocking Twitter, BlackBerry in Wake of Riots

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    U.K. Government Considers Blocking Twitter, BlackBerry in Wake of Riots - Techland - TIME.com

    Doesn't this mean that the UK government has lost the legitimacy to lead? Shouldn't Obama be asking David Cameron to step down?
     
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    Blocking Twitter and Blackberries? isn't this what they did in Iran?
     
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    Blocking social networking sites is one of the first things all of the regimes did during the Arab Spring.
     
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    Disabling the Blackberry network as a even a precautionary measure against further looting will impede upon law-abiding users, but more importantly (in the negative sense of the word) set a future precedent. Blanket, preventitive measures of this nature echoes those of which High_Gravity has already noted - brutal, totalitarian regimes, such as Iran.

    This is not a direction the British government should be taking, as anyone intent on causing further disruption will just go further underground. By all means, seize Blackberry's BM messaging records for examination prior to a trial. But target the rioters instead of punishing everyone for the actions of a criminal few.
     
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    Yup I remember reading about that.
     

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