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Social media hit the headlines today for the wrong reasons in this instance it is being blamed for the orchestration of riots that have dotted around London. Referring to the rioters Nick de Bois, Conservative politician for Enfield North said on BBC's Radio 4 program "They're organised. They're playing around on the social media." Sounds like it's more than playing M. de Bois.
After John Humphrys accused Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh of the police being flat-footed Kavanagh then confessed that "We have got to recognise that social media and other types of methods were used and we need to adapt and to learn from these experiences." For me a greater headline would be "Police Confess That They Are Behind The Times," rather than "Social Media Blamed For London Riots" which is what is being used around the different news sites currently.
These riots occurred after a man called Mark Duggan was shot dead after a police operation to arrest him. A protest took place on Saturday which was out to try to get answers. Eventually when the police did not offer any explanation this turned into rioting in Tottenham area. By Sunday the riots were occurring in different parts of London. And Mr Humphrys was alleging that people were using Twitter to organise where to go and where to then move on to when the timing was right.
I have some questions around this.
The upside of using Twitter for rioting is that it's great to plan your next area for wreaking havoc. The downside is that it leaves an audit trail for every commuication. Another effective headline might have been "Social media can be used to find rioters." (That might be the headline in a few weeks time when the penny drops.)
Meanwhile if you can answer any of my questions I'd really appreciate it. Thank you kindly.
Footnote: Please read my follow up "Social Media Blamed For Catching Rioters"
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