My jaw almost dropped to the floor when I heard David Cameron, the U.K.’s prime minister, suggest banning social media in the aftermath of this week’s riots.

Cameron believes the looters and rioters used social media, mainly BlackBerry messaging and Twitter, to coordinate their movements and propel the riots, which have resulted in five deaths, thousands of arrests, and an anxious public. He plans to meet with these companies and others “to discuss their roles during the violent outbreaks.”

“Free flow of information can be used for good, but it can also be used for ill.  And when people are using social media for violence, we need to stop them,” were Cameron’s controversial words.

Simply put, this is not a good idea.  Read more