Posts Tagged ‘london riots’
“The Twitter Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 2012. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Twitter begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.”
The role that social media played in the recent UK riots, which started in London but quickly spread to Manchester, Bristol and other major towns, has seen fevered debate from all sides.
While it’s certainly true that Twitter, Facebook and (notoriously) the Blackberry messenger system did play a part in how many of those involved organised and coordinated their movements, social media was also hugely beneficial in reporting crime, capturing criminals and cleaning up the mess.
Still, this hasn’t stopped a major British MP summoning the heads of Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry to discuss the matter further.
As rioting has continued to spread across London, with the capital seeing a third night of violence that has now started to bleed into other major cities, the British population have been turning to social networking sites for news and updates, with Twitter in particular seeing an enormous uptake in traffic.
Indeed, UK visits to Twitter yesterday were so frequent that a new all-time record has been set.