Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Rim say there is no evidence of their services being used to plan riots in August.

 

This article titled “Keep social media on during civil unrest, executives tell MPs” was written by Josh Halliday, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 15th September 2011 15.23 UTC

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion have warned a committee of MPs that switching off social networks in times of civil unrest would be an “absolutely horrible idea”.

Representatives of Rim and the two social networks told a committee of MPs on Thursday that they had seen “no evidence” to suggest that their social media services had been used to coordinate the riots and looting, as David Cameron and senior Scotland Yard officers claimed in August.

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