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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Shamed for Opposing Social Networks

UK Shamed for Opposing Social Networks

UK Shamed for Opposing Social Networks

Added: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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A University of Manchester has conducted a study revealing that social media was far from being the instruments of an “underclass” bent on “criminality” as the UK authorities believed. Instead, social media was regarded as mostly a constructive force during the summer riots in the country.

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In case of an emergency, David Cameron and other MPs called for curbs on social media, claiming that they have to stop people using it for violence. Meanwhile, home secretary Theresa May also met with such industry figureheads as Facebook and Twitter over the issue of criminality. Finally, only 2 weeks before the Home Office started considering “cyber-tagging” the offenders, a spokesperson claimed in the interview that it wasn’t going to ban people “right now".

Apparently, that has changed. Actually, there’s at least one glaring example of the UK authorities getting it wrong: there were a couple of people who got sentenced to 4 years in prison for joking during the riots on Facebook. No appeals were allowed to proceed. This means that the UK government either doesn't understand or is terrified of social networks.

The research conducted by the University of Manchester reveals that there’s no reason to shut down Twitter in times of riots, and that is after studying 2.4 million tweets. Actually, even if people were arranging looting over the public social network, Twitter wouldn’t be the culprit then.

The industry experts are tired of insisting that both the riots and the following enormous clean-up operation presented a clear example of the nature of mass communication and the web – instruments available to anyone and almost for free. And, like a lot of other things, these instruments could be used either constructively or destructively. Since it’s a relatively new technology, many people simply don't understand how to best make use of it.

However, social media seems to be terrifying to the governments all over the world. At the same time, the process is about people waking up to the power they have to move together and achieve a common aim as one. This, in fact, sounds like democracy, but Conservative politicians keep blaming the social networks. In respond, a Guardian study recently showed that most rioters cited antagonistic police, social frustration and poverty as the reasons for starting riots instead of Sheer Criminality.


By:
SaM
December 14th,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, December 14th, 2011



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2011-12-14 16:43:20)
No avatarMeh this is pure rubbish, the government is full of chit for claiming social media was responsible for most looting, wtf? Most looting was done by the crowds gathered in town on spur of the moment hype. Also mobile phones and text messages apparently played no part in this...

Also social networks although a good idea in principal are bull chit in reality, full of everyone poseing and competing for the most friends, most wealth to show off with aka "bling, bling" social networks turn people into chauvanistic ass holes who only care about showing their status and the chick they banged last weekend, along with contacting the next chick to bang the following weekend... Talk about lack of morals and decency, social networks turn us all into animalistic pleasure seekers, that is not good for society in the long run.
Then they wonder why we have so many unhappy people in this county, they all too busy chasing the great pleasure dream life of riches and pussy. Too bad only a select few of the population has the looks, money or brains to achive anything close to that dream life. The rest of us are brought up thinking it is our right to such a life so we will rob and steal and lie to achieve it, since it is a god given right to us...

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posted by Blocked (2011-12-14 23:57:31)
mrblue00 avatarNot that im a soc network fan i dont use it never have never will its a load of bullcrap so companys can throw ads at ya truth of the matter is this it started as an uprising againts a youth that was shot !!! and the yobs decided to make it about robbing everything they could , tho im glad most have had very harsh sentences its about time the judges got more tough on this im going to ron everything and use human rights as my excuse to get away with it culture , sick and tired of yob in hoodys in london and the north thinking they are top dog they are nothing but a bunch of wasters we have to pay for via the tax it shouldnt be this way anymore get it back to draconial mesures no job simply put them in work houses then they wont be bored anymore ..... one a more lighter note was funny seeing a copper beat the sh!t out of a yob in manchester city centre when they decided to try it there that will teach you you 17 yr nobody with a hoody on ur a$$ you go !

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posted by (2011-12-16 17:23:11)
iwly avatarSocial media sucks! x((



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