George Galloway, Early Day Motion 1190 And The Banning Of Twitter In The UK

If you are something of a Twitter addict like I am, and live in the UK, then the news that George Galloway MP is looking for the government to impose sanctions upon the social networking service may initially cause you some consternation.

The Member of Parliament for Bradford West has filed an Early Day Motion titled, “TWITTER AND THE DETECTION OF CRIME” which is detailed below –

“That this House notes that Twitter is now a very widely used mode of social networking; further notes that Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits; further notes that Twitter is now used for a variety of criminal activities including sending malicious communications; further notes that Twitter refuses to co-operate with the UK authorities in general and the police in particular in trying to detect the source of criminal communications ‘unless it is a matter of life and death’, to be determined by Twitter; believes that this failure to co-operate with the detection of the sources of criminal behaviour is reprehensible; and calls on the Government to impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with the UK authorities and police in the detection of crime.”

So, Twitter must become a bitch of the police or get out of Britain huh?

Well I guess that stance must have a huge level of support amongst George’s peers right? Well, lets check the image below to see how many other MPs have signed the motion to indicate their support –


Oh, I guess George is on his own on this one then! At least it will generate him some publicity though so I guess all is not lost eh?!?

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