The good people over at Facebook, Twitter and RIM are once again going to face questions from MPs over the August’s riots.
I’m a bit annoyed how a lot of blame is being put on social media. From where I’m standing, social media is just another form of communication. I’m sure there were plenty of people who were communicating about the riots through ‘normal’ ways like telephone and email. But because social media is so much more instant, it’s getting a bum rap!
But surely it was social media that helped catch a fair few of these people. Thanks to tumblrs like Catch a Looter (Which is now sadly gone…) and a stupid amount who thought that boasting about their loot with photos of themselves on Facebook and Twitter was a good idea.
Surely communication is only going to get easier in the future. More people with access to mobile Internet. Push messaging for everyone. It’s going to get harder and harder for anyone to police this. I guess that’s no reason not to try to do something.
We’re either heading to a future of absolute freedom of speech or we’re going to be policed to hell and back. I’m trying to think of some film titles, but they’re alluding me!