The riots in the UK proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that it can be abused, what can be done to ensure that this does not happen again?
What's the problem with civil unrest, bit soft minded are we? Or are you scared because you're a rich city boy from London and suspect the rest of us might murder you in your sleep À la French Revolution? Or are you a 'safety' lemming, who spends the whole of his day worrying about the threat of terrorism, crime or SARS and what the government can do to save you from a horrible death at the hands of monkey aids or left wing anarchists?
Civil unrest can be a good thing - see Burma, Libya, Free France, The American Revoloution etc etc etc for further details.
For details on controlling mass media and stropping the free flow of information to stop civil unrest, see the Soviet Union, Mussolini, Tito, Nazy Germany, Franco, China, North Korea etc etc etc.
Far too often of late the website facebook has been mentioned in wars and other global matters, this is far too much responsibility in the hands of a select few in my opinion and is unacceptable, all of these websites should have all available information evaluated by independent means!
How the **** is it "in the hands of a select few" - it's the ultimate form of democracy!
Fraaaack - seriously are you that blind? I really don't get a lot of people.
How much access do the security services have to the information on face book and also how much more access and influence will they have if they continue to use national security and terrorist attacks as an excuse to alter legislation?
Oh so the Arab Spring is a CIA plot now? The Arab people get no credit, it had nothing at all to do with them? I mean Libya was lovely... they must have loved living under Gaddaffi! No way in hell you would rise up against a murderous dictator who kept one of the Jewels of Africa in permanent poverty whilst some of their neighbors flourished. Even if the CIA did goad them on a little, who gives a shit? Personally I prefer the CIA to eastern dictatorships.