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UK Government in talks with social networks

UK Government in talks with social networks

The UK government is in talks with social networks such as Twitter following the London riots.

The Home Secretary has announced, via the BBC, that the government is currently having ‘constructive’ talks with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Blackberry.

'The discussions looked at how law enforcement and the networks can build on the existing relationships and co-operation to prevent the networks being used for criminal behaviour,' said a spokesperson for the Home Secretary.

The Government is not seeking additional control over social networking sites however, insisted Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

'We are not going to become like Iran or China,' Nick Clegg told the BBC .'We are not going to suddenly start cutting people off'

Social networking, such as Blackberry Messenger are thought to have been used by looters in the recent riots to co-ordinate movements and incitement violence.

Social network sites seem to have reacted well to the talks.

'We welcome the fact that this was a dialogue about working together to keep people safe rather than about imposing new restrictions on internet services, said a Facebook spokesperson.

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AstralWanderer 26th August 2011, 17:18 Quote
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Dumb move - government and the police should be encouraging the use of social networks for planning anything amiss. Far easier to trace and catch people afterwards...
Bede 26th August 2011, 17:39 Quote
Christ they're a bunch of vajazzles. It hasn't been all that long in historical terms that we have had a free press, now because they're scared and know that they can't fix the problem they want to sound all big and bad?
Fizzban 26th August 2011, 17:54 Quote
So.. what, we gonna have them monitoring our messages now for 'key' words? Joy.
Woodspoon 26th August 2011, 18:45 Quote
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So.. what, we gonna have them monitoring our messages now for 'key' words? Joy.
They've been doing that for a long time

It does seem wrong though that only months ago the government was praising the use of social networks helping in coordination of several of the Arab uprisings and now they have a problem with them for the same reason they praised them, allowing coordination between normal people.
Roskoken 26th August 2011, 19:38 Quote
Not too worry, only gayfags use social network sites anyway.
nukeman8 26th August 2011, 20:19 Quote
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Not too worry, only gayfags use social network sites anyway.

bugger me i just found out that im gay...
fdbh96 26th August 2011, 20:43 Quote
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bugger me i just found out that im gay...

Hmm me too and about 5 billion other people... That's alot of adoptions :P
Roskoken 26th August 2011, 21:48 Quote
All those gays are gonna make for one hell of a parade, the government isnt going to like that :(

And congratulations on your coming out Nukeman8 and fdbh96!

Maybe you guys could hook up?

LOL
AstralWanderer 26th August 2011, 22:13 Quote
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bugger me i just found out that im gay...
Post your address and we'll happily oblige...
Gigglebyte 27th August 2011, 01:03 Quote
>'We are not going to become like Iran or China,' Nick Clegg told the BBC .'We are not going to suddenly start cutting people off'

I personally don't trust what comes out of Clegg's mouth (let alone many other MPs) especially after the turn-arounds from his pre-election manifesto after he got into bed with the blues.
Er-El 27th August 2011, 02:21 Quote
What was the definition of fascism according to Mussolini, again?
Nick Clegg is a phoney liberal.
AstralWanderer 27th August 2011, 08:05 Quote
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...I personally don't trust what comes out of Clegg's mouth (let alone many other MPs) especially after the turn-arounds from his pre-election manifesto after he got into bed with the blues.
You do realise that the Tories had to make as many "turn-arounds" as the result of the coalition deal don't you? (AV referendum, increase in tax threshold, 50% top rate tax, etc).

This talk of manifesto "broken promises" is frankly bizarre - manifestos come with one big proviso: "If we get elected" and the LibDems weren't. Coalition means compromise and anyone who doesn't like that should blame the British public for not voting more for $FAVOURITE_PARTY - and oppose electoral changes that make coalitions more likely.

One might as well blame the Communist Party for breaking their manifesto - Trident hasn't been scrapped and Britain hasn't withdrawn from Afghanistan...

(apologies for thread sidetrack)
DrugCrazed 27th August 2011, 10:17 Quote
Astral: Because breaking pre-election pledges isn't wrong either.

Hmmm, I'm big brother is watching you, the truth is out there etc
Tulatin 27th August 2011, 10:47 Quote
I guess it's time to popularize decentralized, heavily encrypted P2P chat via networks such as WASTE.
rayson 27th August 2011, 14:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gigglebyte
...I personally don't trust what comes out of Clegg's mouth (let alone many other MPs) especially after the turn-arounds from his pre-election manifesto after he got into bed with the blues.
You do realise that the Tories had to make as many "turn-arounds" as the result of the coalition deal don't you? (AV referendum, increase in tax threshold, 50% top rate tax, etc).

This talk of manifesto "broken promises" is frankly bizarre - manifestos come with one big proviso: "If we get elected" and the LibDems weren't. Coalition means compromise and anyone who doesn't like that should blame the British public for not voting more for $FAVOURITE_PARTY - and oppose electoral changes that make coalitions more likely.

One might as well blame the Communist Party for breaking their manifesto - Trident hasn't been scrapped and Britain hasn't withdrawn from Afghanistan...

(apologies for thread sidetrack)

i seriously have a feeling we might just have another coalition. i know thats bad but current condition suggest that it either labour, or another coalition
tcool93 27th August 2011, 17:52 Quote
Why is it anymore that the UK seems to have this idea that their laws apply to the rest of the world? Even if the company is in another country.
Denis_iii 29th August 2011, 19:36 Quote
As always, trying to look like they are doing something by tackling the symptons and not the causes. Lets hope nothing comes of this stupidity.
zatanna 29th August 2011, 19:52 Quote
couldn't agree more @Denis_iii.

remember that by their very natures governments and law enforcement are about control. many times this profits the greater good, often it does not. when it comes to what is considered "criminal" behavior, actions taken by the aforementioned will be for our own good, protection, etc. they are mostly reactive and do nothing to address the underlying causes because they have no intention and/or ability to rectify the underlying causes.
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