Guardian analysis suggests social media was used far more by those seeking to follow – or avoid – events than to incite trouble.

This article titled “Riots database of 2.5m tweets reveals complex picture of interaction” was written by James Ball and Paul Lewis, for The Guardian on Wednesday 24th August 2011 20.35 UTC

When David Cameron addressed an emergency session of parliament convened in the aftermath of four consecutive nights of rioting and looting across England, he quickly turned to the supposed role played by social media.

“Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organised via social media,” the prime minister told the House. “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.”

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