By Max Clarke
Prime Minister David Cameron this morning delivered a statement to the House of Commons concerning the unrest of recent days.
Blasting the widespread rioting as ‘criminality pure and simple’, Cameron bemoaned the state of fear that had been cast on Britain’s streets: officers had been assaulted, the injured robbed, and even- as in the case of Birmingham- the innocent killed.
Acknowledging the error of Mr Duggan’s death at the hands of Met officers, he denounced as ’completely wrong’ the suggestion that his death was a justifiable causal link in the ensuing link.
But interestingly, when exploring means of restoring order and preventing future catastrophes, the Prime Minister discussed the role played by social media.
“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,” continued Cameron, before cautioning: “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.”
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