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Tory MP Louise Mensch has called for facebook and twitter to be shut down, to prevent people spreading “fear” about the riots.
“If in a major national emergency police think twitter and FB should take an hour off? So be it”, she tweeted. She went on to say ” I don’t have a problem with a brief shut down of social media just as I don’t have a problem with the police shutting with a brief road or rail closure”. “Social Media” she said, “isn’t any more important than a a road or a train station and we don’t have a problem with the police shutting those”.
Honestly, what enormous, authoritarian stupidity. If she thinks that the police enjoying the power to shut down a medium of verbal expression is in any way equivalent to them having a the power to shut down a train station, she really needs to read up on the basics of a free society. Freedom of the railways is not fundamental to a democracy, freedom of speech is.
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