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Poll: Should governments be able to block social network users?

In the wake of this week’s violence in England and David Cameron’s Commons speech yesterday, we’re asking for your views on curtailing social network use.

Image: Steve White/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

SPEAKING AT THE House of Commons yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said his government and intelligence services were working with “industry” sources to look into blocking communication via certain online services being used to organise criminal activities.

Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger have all been blamed for aiding rioters and looters coordinate their activities this week across English cities.

However, British police are using those same services to track down suspects. The Metropolitan Police has been posting images of suspected looters and rioters on its Flickr account.

In Birmingham, police have been broadcasting photographs of suspects on large-screen televisions in the city centre today.

Today we’re asking you: Should governments have the power to block social network users who incite violence?


Poll Results:

No (834)
Yes (400)
Don't know (67)



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