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Posts Tagged ‘riots’

Twitter Proves Pivotal In Dissemination Of Information During Taksim Square Protests

From Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring, social media – and Twitter in particular – has played a focal role in many of recent years’ most tumultuous public demonstrations.

The protests taking place in Turkey add to that trend, placing an even greater emphasis on how powerful a communicative tool Twitter is.

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70 Percent Of Brits Would Agree With Shutting Down Twitter During Civil Unrest

A new survey indicates that the majority of Brits would agree with their government or service providers shutting down social media during an outbreak of civil unrest in their country.
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Is It A Good Idea For Governments To Make Real Names Mandatory On Twitter?

During yesterday’s meeting between representatives from Twitter, Facebook and RIM and the UK government, it was quickly decided (to many people’s relief) that blocking social media during a time of crisis would be a bad idea.

However, there apparently was talk of making it compulsory for Twitter users to use their real names when signing up for the service, instead of pseudonyms or partial names.

Is this something that could help quell future violence, or does it step too far across the line of privacy online?
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UK Government Will Not Ban Twitter During Future Riots

During talks with Twitter, Facebook and RIM today in response to the riots earlier this month, the UK government backed down on plans to block social networks should another riot occur.
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Blocking Twitter During Riots A Bad Idea, Study Proves

In the aftermath of the UK riots earlier this month, government officials had floated around the idea of blocking access to Twitter and other social media sites next time something similar occurred. The official reasoning was that this would prevent people from using Twitter to incite violence and plan the riots themselves.

An analysis of the tweets actually sent during the riot, however, would suggest that banning people from social networks is a terrible idea.
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UK Police Name And Shame London Looters On Twitter

Manchester police have taken to Twitter to give the full names, birth dates, partial addresses, crimes, and jail time of the London looters who have been arrested.
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