Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry called to Home Office to discuss role in riots


Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry called to Home Office to discuss role in riots

Kathleen Hall

Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry have been called to the Home Office next week to discuss the role of social media in the recent riots.

So far only Facebook has confirmed its attendance, although Blackberry has suggested it will also be there, reports the BBC.

The announcement follows prime minister David Cameron's speech in the House of Commons that the government will crack down on rioters using social networks to communicate.

"Free flow of information can be used for good. 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," David Cameron said.

Blackberry has already announced it will co-operate with police after it was revealed rioters used the company's messaging service to co-ordinate attacks.

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