70% Brits Agree to Social Media Crackdown During Social Unrest

Over two thirds of Britons agree that use of social media must be banned during times of social unrest within the country.

According to a poll conducted by internet security firm Unisys, 70 percent of the 973 polled by the company agreed that the use of social media services like Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger must be banned during social unrest, like the riots which took place in England recently.

Only 27 percent of the people that took part in the poll claimed that access to such websites should not be stopped.

Meanwhile, around three quarters of the respondents believed that the government should have access to data on social media websites like Facebook in order to stop co-ordinated crime, The Guardian reports.

However, internet freedom campaigners believe that the people are allowing the government to invade their privacy and curtail freedom of expression with delving into the consequences.

"It's very worrying that people would believe shutting down social networks would be in any way desirable," said Padraig Reidy, news editor of Index on Censorship.

"The vast majority of social network use during the unrest was people spreading information and helping each other get home safely. These kinds of actions would weaken the UK's position against authoritarian regimes who censor internet access," he added.