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  • Government to monitor social networking sites

    by Rumbold
    26th March, 2009 at 4:49 pm    

    As Sam Leith asks, why?

    “The main problem with our security services monitoring social networking sites is that it will be a colossal waste of time. Facebook is the Reuters of inanity: a news agency for stuff nobody wants to know. “Dave is playing on Facebook. Dave is a bit annoyed. Dave is going for a drink. Dave has found a toothsome bit of cheese under the nail on his big toe.”

    Are we seriously expecting al-Qaida to organise its next atrocity through Twitter? “@Osama going to shops to buy fertilisers lol ;) ” … “@Mo on bus, OMG, virginz here I cum!”"

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    1. pickles

      New blog post: Government to monitor social networking sites

    1. douglas clark — on 26th March, 2009 at 5:23 pm  

      I (obviously) agree with you. But that is the sort of stuff that politicians come up with, perhaps to justify their jobs or summat. Who’s not to say that a defensive stance such as this might not be justified by a prosecution or two?

      Whether or not the offending party had said or done anything that was beyond reasonable comment. Here you go:

      I think this is complete bollocks. I think politicians have assumed control over what goes on inside our heads. I think, generally speaking, that they are complete utter bastards.

    2. Riz Din — on 26th March, 2009 at 5:31 pm  

      Such a system could be also beg be gamed by all sides. Civil righters could start adding terrorist terms to their comments to illustrate the effects of authoritarian regime while anyone who is truly planning terror will be using their own Terror Twitter and could use Facebook etc for various misinformation using fake accounts.

      I thought the government was too fiscally constrained to waste money on projects with such low expected returns. If they are following a Dick Cheney type ’1% doctrine’, we are screwed because they will be trying to cover every possible eventuality and much resource will be wasted with little thought given to the opportunity costs involved.

    3. Amrit — on 26th March, 2009 at 8:46 pm  

      Too funny. The Government is basically going ‘Look, yeah, we know all of Britain spends five hours a day on Facebook anyway - so we’re just going to PAY the security services to do so anyway.’ :-D

    4. platinum786 — on 27th March, 2009 at 9:58 am  

      lol… I doubt they’ll find anything of any use, mind you I’ve found a lot of incriminating evidence about people on facebook, none of it terrorist related, but good enough to ruin relationships….

    5. platinum786 — on 27th March, 2009 at 2:18 pm  

      virginz here I cum!

      That can be read in at least TWO different ways.


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