How BlackBerry, Facebook, Twitter helped London riots?

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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London, Aug 9: According to police officials, the BlackBerry smartphones and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter played a key role in spreading the ongoing riot in London.

Authorities said that the rioters are using BlackBerry mobiles, Facebook and Twitter to communicate each other to organize attack against police. The latest technology helps the attackers to communicate with others quickly and instantly.

"The BlackBerry phone, one of the first devices to offer mobile email, was once the preserve of business leaders and political aides but has become increasingly popular with members of urban gangs and teenagers," The Telegraph reported.

The violence kicked off when police shot down 29-year-old Mark Duggan on Saturday in Tottenham following a peaceful protest. The protest was reportedly co-ordinated on social site Facebook. Later this protest grew wild and spread to rest of the parts.

Micro-blogging site Twitter and the video sharing website YouTube were flooded with tweets and videos of riots. Protesters and spectators were recording the live videos of protest and instantly posting on YouTube and Twitter.

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