Scottish teens arrested for posting on Facebook

Two Scottish teenagers have been arrested on public order charges over messages posted on Facebook.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested in the south side of Glasgow, charged with using Facebook to incite others to commit acts of disorder. And in Dundee, an 18-year-old man was arrested on similar charges. Both are due in court today.

Police have confirmed they are glued to Facebook, searching for postings that may be connected with rioting that has burst out all over Britain, sparked by the shooting by police of Mark Duggan last Thursday.

And reports of further arrests over posting to social networking sites are still coming in.

Essex Police say an 18-year-old man from Grays and a 16-year-old from South Ockendon were arrested last night on suspicion of using social networking sites to incite others to commit violent disorder. And in Clacton, also in Essex a 17 year-old was arrested over comments posted on Facebook.

There don't seem to have been many arrests over postings by people urging that the rioters be lynched or over tweets to call in the army, which would inevitably lead to bloodshed on the streets'

Meanwhile, hackers are getting in on the act, with TeaMp0isoN yesterday defacing the BlackBerry blog after Canadian outfit RIM offered to help police find out who had been using the Blackberry messaging service to organise street, um, activities.

Anonymous has called for a day of Facebook destruction over what it calls the abuse of users' private data. News of these arrest should further get their goat.

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