After reports came out earlier saying that the U.K. government may propose to ban social media for suspected troublemakers in the country, reports coming out of the U.K. and elsewhere say that the U.K. government will not be banning social media after all.
According to a report from British publication The Guardian, Home Secretary Theresa May told representatives of social media firms like Twitter and Facebook on Thursday that the government will not be banning social media for suspected rioters as earlier planned.
Meanwhile, a Facebook representative reportedly told Mashable that “This was a dialogue about working together to keep people safe rather than about imposing new restrictions on Internet services.”
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to have suggested banning social media at the height of unrest in the country because of reports that rioters were using social media and services like the secure BlackBerry Messenger to organize their moves.
However, if ever the U.K. government decided to ban social media for a select few, Facebook, Twitter and RIM are reported to have been ready to defend why their services should not be banned.