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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Government Loves Facebook

UK Government Loves Facebook

UK Government Loves Facebook

Added: Friday, October 21st, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
It appeared that Facebook has a seemingly impervious position from the country’s government censorship. Recently vice president of Facebook Europe Joanna Shields was speaking at a conference in the United Kingdom, dismissive of being taken offline by the authorities in the event of other civil unrest.

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The local media reported that Shields has responded to a question about whether David Cameron could take Facebook offline with a firm rebuttal, saying that she didn’t think that was ever going to happen. Moreover, she stressed that the relationship with the British government was extremely strong. However, many remember that during this summer the UK government seemed to be in opposition to this definite stance. Actually, it was only after some consideration that the authorities decided against a move to take offline or censor such social networks as Twitter and Facebook. Critics claimed they actually couldn’t, anyway, so it was unclear why Shields was so confident.

On the other hand, as far as the UK government is concerned, it had more to lose by banning Facebook. Apart from clear concerns about freedom of speech, when the authorities announced they wanted to sling a few people in prison for making bad jokes online, the government has a very useful instrument. Indeed, by keeping Facebook operational, the UK government was able to monitor the behaviour of the population, either looking forward to acquiring a new plasma TV, or even organize a kind of civil disobedience.

Facebook explained that if people were up to something bad and were letting everyone else know about this on social networks, then they perhaps were going to get caught anyway. And many would agree with this point of view, including a couple of Facebook users that published data about a fictional riot, landing them jail sentences.

Such network as Facebook is really a very powerful instrument for the government to track its serfs. However, the jailed “rioters” case indicated that it also sent out a very strong message, showing who is in control. So, the UK government is keen that Facebook remains open. Meanwhile, the Home Office is currently developing methods for infiltrating such social networks as Facebook on a mass scale.

The only suspicion is that the UK government can use the riots as an excuse to extend programs infringing the right to privacy far beyond the level necessary for law enforcement purposes.


By:
SaM
October 21st,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, October 21st, 2011



Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2011-10-22 06:50:18)
kingtiger01 avatarSeriously... what does Rioting have to do with Random Speach... The Riot's happened and will happen again due to Civil Unrest...

When you create a problem, that repetitively does not get resolved, and continues to get worse. People get FRUSTRATED... if these groups of people are not lead with a purpose...

ITS CALLED A RIOT...

If on the other hand they have a leader and common Goal, and Depending on the scale/Violence. Its either called a "Civil War" or a "Protest"



What in any of that has to do with UK Govt. take on Censorship... Are they Morons? youre only going to make it WORSE, if people cant express it in a open and free Environment OR Begin to fear Prosecution. They will Retaliate...

The United States was formed on 28 Founding Goals, 3 which are still a issue today in the UK, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Equality(all men created equal...).

Where in Parliament do they think by "Subduing" there people, they will get a good response?

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posted by ET lovermen (2011-10-22 09:39:37)
brods73 avatarthey were thinking of taking the social networks off as some people were using it to start riots just to steal from the shops

3
posted by Blocked (2011-10-22 13:09:41)
mrblue00 avatarWasnt it just annoying seeing all those hoody hooligans thinking they were hard stuff i think they got off too light by the courts Probably less then one hand full of 5 people out of the hundreds knew why the riot started in the 1st place ! the death of a person by police officers!! well spose the uk gov can have a pat on the back least they found somthing useful outa facebook think its time for facebook to get got !!! never had it never want it couldnt care for it and thats !!!!!AWSEOME!! take care my fellow Ets

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posted by Blocked (2011-10-22 13:12:04)
mrblue00 avatarBreaks the heart knowing that an old lady was woken up to 3 teenage thugs in her bedrrom standing over her bed whislt it was happend and people say us torrenters are bad people at least we will show some respect to are elders

5
posted by (2011-10-22 22:58:22)
No avatarIM FROM THE UK IT USED TO BE GREAT BRITAIN NOW ITS JUST SHITTY BRITAIN WITH A MORON RUNNING THE COUNTRY WHOS INTENT IN ENSLAVING US ALL ITS ALL A BIG JOKE WE ARE BEING MONITERED ON EVERYTHING WE DO NOT JUST FACEBOOK AND AS FOR THE RIOTS WE NEED THEM TO SHOW CAMERON HOW MUCH HES MESSED THIS COUNTRY UP

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posted by Blocked (2011-10-27 15:43:07)
No avatarAnyone who posts anything illegally controversial on Facebook is remarkably stupid, as there are plenty of anonymous forums and other means of contact such as instant messaging, Skype etc that cannot be monitored by the UK secret services!

By all means say it, but NOT with your name attached!



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