Talking to The Telegraph, a Twitter spokesman stuck to the company’s line that the tweets must continue to flow, referring to a blog post written by the service’s co-founder Biz Stone at the start of this year.
The spokesman referred to the post, which is entitled 'The Tweets Must Flow', when asked by The Telegraph as to whether any rioters' accounts had or would be shut down. It says: “Our goal is to instantly connect people everywhere to what is most meaningful to them. For this to happen, freedom of expression is essential.
“Some tweets may facilitate positive change in a repressed country, some make us laugh, some make us think, some downright anger a vast majority of users. We don't always agree with the things people choose to tweet, but we keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content.”
Twitter’s spokesman refused to reveal whether the company was working with the police to help locate people who have used the service to organise lootings and riots. They also refused to disclose whether they had already handed over contact details of certain Twitter users to the authorities.
During the Arab revolutions earlier this year, attention focused on Twitter’s role in organising the protests, but for the looters and rioters of Tottenham, Enfield and Brixton, the communications tool of choice has apparently been BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). It appears to have acted as their private, encrypted social network over the past two nights’ violence.
However, many of the rioters have also used Twitter as a platform to announce their next targets and as a rallying cry to fellow looters. The police are now understood to be scouring all tweets which have incited hatred or violence and have promised to bring their original authors to justice. [SOURCE]</center>
Hackers threaten BlackBerry employees ‘will regret it’ if manufacturer Research in Motion passes details of rioters to police.
Hackers today threatened that BlackBerry employees “will regret it” if the company cooperated with authorities investigating the London riots.
In an attack on the website of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, a group calling itself Team Poison wrote “Dear Rim; You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all”
The group said that it was responding to a BlackBerry statement that said the company has “engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can”.
The hack, which appeared briefly on blogs.blackberry.com, claimed that the Team Poison group had RIM employee details and was prepared to publish them online. It claimed “if u assist the police, we _WILL_ make this information public and pass it onto rioters…. do you really want a bunch of angry youths on your employees doorsteps? Think about it…. and don’t think that the police will protect your employees, the police can’t protect themselves let alone protect others”.
In a message posted on its official Twitter account for the UK, Research In Motion (RIM) expressed sympathy over the two nights of looting and rioting that have hit parts of north and south London including Tottenham, Enfield and Brixton. [SOURCE]