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David Cameron: “when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them”

David Cameron touched on the use of social media for arranging riots in his speech to the House of Commons today.

He said: “Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media.

“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.

“So we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.”

Greater Manchester police has also warned people who are using social media in order to arrange riots that they will be caught, having tweeted ‘If you have been using social networking sites to incite disorder, expect us to come knocking on your door very soon.’

Cameron added: “We are making technology work for us, by capturing the images of the perpetrators on CCTV - so even if they haven't yet been arrested, their faces are known and they will not escape the law.

“And as I said yesterday, no phoney human rights concerns about publishing these photographs will get in the way of bringing these criminals to justice.”

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