Good news – the government’s moronic, illiberal, impracticable and illegal plans to shut down social networking sites during times of crisis have been thrown out the window. Theresa May met with the bosses of Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry today where it was made clear that the plans had been abandoned. Exactly how anyone could think for a second that this country had any jurisdiction over an American or Canadian company beggars belief. However the idea was heavily briefed regardless.
When a feral group of looters wanted to secretly destabilise the establishment, without getting caught out, they reverted to Blackberry Messenger. Encrypted, untraceable and discreet – no wonder it was also, back in the day, the favourite means of communication between Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet.