UK Teen Charged With Inciting Riots Via BlackBerry

Police say she texted friends to join the looting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2011 3:44 PM CDT
A store burns in London on August 6.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Among the approximately 700 people facing charges in the aftermath of the London riots is an 18-year-old accused of using her BlackBerry to incite violence. The teen allegedly used the Blackberry Messenger IM service to encourage friends to join in on the looting on Aug. 8, reports the Telegraph. An unspecified number of others were charged with using Facebook and Twitter for the same purpose, notes AP. Several lawmakers are pushing to have social networks shut down during the peak of such violence, and PM David Cameron sounds like he's on board.

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