Pictures of burning cars and anarchists clad with balaclavas are images Vancouverites are happy to forget. However, last week those images came rushing back when less than two months after the Stanley Cup riots, London was facing the same mayhem – only much worse.
While social media in Vancouver was used as a tool to track and catch offenders, one of the biggest differences in London was the ability for rioters to regroup and organize further violence and chaos by communicating through Twitter, Facebook and even BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
Since then, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and a fellow Member of Parliament have said they would consider shutting down all social networking sites if people are thought to be plotting criminal activity.
Today, the discussion is whether or not we have a right to use social media. What if another riot happened in Vancouver? Would you support a complete shutdown of social media and BBM services in order to protect public safety? Or would this infringe on your rights to freedom of speech?
We’d like to hear what you think.
Read more about what’s being said here.