UK may intercept social media during crisis

UK may intercept social media during crisis

Setting out measures to prevent the kind of disturbances London and other cities witnessed, Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that people were struck by the ways in which coordinated rioting was organised.

Much of the recent violence in London and other cities had been coordinated through social media, according to police.

"(Everyone) 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," Cameron said.

He added: "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".

The government, he said, had asked the police if they need any other new powers. He announced that the government will give the police the discretion to remove face coverings under any circumstances where there is reasonable suspicion that they are related to criminal activity.

Cameron declared: "The fightback has well and truly begun. But there will be no complacency. And we will not stop until this mindless violence and thuggery is defeated and law and order is fully restored on all our streets".

He also said seeking Army support would be a matter of "last resort," though it was the responsibility of the government to look into every future contingency.