impact of social media on london riots

5 May

Social media had a massive part to play in the London riots from the planning and organization to the public invading the police thanks to updates of what streets the police were going down. but it was not just social media used there was a new form of communication used the police were unable to monitor which meant that the police were left helpless and the new form of communication was BBM the Blackberry messaging which can not be hacked which meant the police could not see or stress where the messages were coming from. For the people that were using normal social media sites during the riots were hit badly because they were not on secure messaging like the people using BBM were some were hit with jail time for encouraging and organizing rioting.

‘I burned Reeves Corner’: Facebook boasts of riot thug jailed for 11 years after admitting he burnt down historic furniture store

  • Gordon Thompson, 34, was responsible for blaze captured in iconic picture of the London riots
  • He had denied his involvement, but finally admitted torching House of Reeves in Croydon, south London
  • Shop owner Trevor Reeves said: ‘I can’t understand what I have done to make someone do this to me’
  • Judge says the loss Mr Reeves’ family suffered was ‘priceless’ and the trauma was ‘inestimable’
  • Store was opened in 1867 and had survived two world wars. It is now trading from a different premises

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one of the people jailed after boosting what he did on facebook


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