Never waste a crisis, they say, even one not your own. China’s state media have been quick to jump on remarks by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of England’s “mass incidents” of recent days on the need to control the use of social media that were used to organize the riots and looting. From an article on Xinhua, entitled “Britain’s U-turn over web-monitoring“:
Learning a hard lesson from bitter experience, the British government eventually recognized that a balance needs to be struck between freedom and the monitoring of social media tools….
..the Internet is also a double-edged sword that cuts both ways. For the benefit of the general public, proper web-monitoring is legitimate and necessary.