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Thursday, 11 August 2011

BBM restrictions in the U.K?

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron addressed an emergency session of Parliament on Thursday prompted by ongoing unrest in the British capital -  REUTERS/Parbul TV via Reuters TV
The British government wants to ensure Research In Motion Ltd.’s secure BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service is never used to incite unrest again.

Speaking at an emergency session of Parliament prompted by widespread and ongoing rioting in London, Prime Minister David Cameron said the government of the United Kingdom would consider disrupting online messaging services such as Twitter and BBM. RIM’s messaging service was favoured by rioters because its contents are encrypted, making them difficult for law enforcement to decipher.

“Everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media,” he said in a prepared statement.

“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.”

According to TheNextWeb U.K. editor Paul Sawers, the Prime Minister eventually digressed from his prepared remarks to single out the Canadian smartphone maker for its role in the week’s events.

“The problem was, police were facing new circumstances, in that rioters were using BlackBerry – a closed network – so we have to examine that and figure out a way to get ahead of them,” Mr. Cameron said.

READ MORE at http://business.financialpost.com/2011/08/11/u-k-considering-bbm-ban/


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