Following the series of recent riots and other acts of civil unrest in England the UK’s Home Secretary has asked to meet with major social network providers. The meeting is due to take place on Thursday the 25th of August. Social networks came under scrutiny after it was discovered individuals used them to organize riots and to incite others to riot.
The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, created controversy when he said the UK government will look at ways of limiting access to social networking and messaging services in the event of any future civil disorder. Facebook has welcomed the opportunity to meet with the UK government to discuss the issues. Twitter and BlackBerry maker RIM have also confirmed attendance; the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service was reportedly widely used in organizing the riots. Meanwhile, an 18-year old Scottish man has been arrested for comments allegedly made on a social networking site that incited others to riot.
–Source: SANS NewsBites, Vol. 13 Num. 67 (August 19, 2011)