The government is no longer interested in shutting down social networks during times of crises. Instead, they're focusing on how Facebook and Twitter could be used in emergencies.

The government has climbed down on plans to ban suspected rioters from using social networking websites in times of civil unrest.

The home secretary, Theresa May, told social networks at a meeting on Thursday that the government had no intention of “restricting internet services”. Josh Halliday/The Guardian.

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