August 8, 2011 by staff
London Riots, The RIM messaging service, popular among teenagers, helped spread the word about the looting across London. The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service is reported to have played a key role in the spread of rioting and looting in London this weekend.
Peaceful protests in a fatal police shooting quickly turned into riots and looting in north London on Saturday, with numbers swelling word spread quickly through Research In Motion BlackBerry network. The unrest spread to the south of the River.
Overall, it was reported that broadcast messages and status updates on the free service from Blackberry to Blackberry-enabled anger and hostility to spread everywhere quickly, catching the authorities on the jump. The Guardian reports seeing BBM messages organization meeting places and times in North London and calling people to take shopping carts and hammers.
BlackBerry via Twitter, said this afternoon: “We believe that those affected by the riots in London. We have in
Perform keyword searches on Twitter and Facebook relatively easy to control, but BBM uses 3G to send and receive encrypted messages, making it almost impossible to trace. Twitter was used to apply for inclusion in the BBM messaging groups where conversations could be carried out away from the prying eyes of the authorities.
BBM is more closely related to the live Internet chat SMS, with users being able to see when messages are read when the recipient is typing a response. It was developed with the busy executive in mind, but free messaging found a natural home for adolescents.
Inevitably, the viral nature of BBM saw the number of youth in the swell and the group mentality and opportunism led to rioting and looting.
Riots in London are a more dubious honor, the glory of social media and networking sites received earlier this year for his role as facilitator in the revolutions Arab spring.
Like the work in London this weekend, news of individual events – such as wrongful arrest and suicide of an owner of a market stall in Tunisia – were able to spread quickly through social networks and finally become the focus of protests. In this case, it was sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to help citizens avoid blackouts imposed regime media just enough to allow the protests to gain momentum.
Vodafone was recently attacked at its Annual General Meeting in London to fulfill the demands of the governments of Egypt to cut Internet and phone networks, such as the riots began to build. They agreed to meet with human rights activists to discuss their concerns.
The private nature of BBM has seen the government of India threatened to stop the operation of services in the country.
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