#Woolwich

23 May

After the barbaric terrorist attack in Woolwich, South East London, yesterday, where a British soldier, now named as 25-year-old Lee Rigby, was horrifically butchered in the broad light of day, social media has gone into utter meltdown.

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Two men were shot down by police officers at the scene and were taken to separate hospitals where they were held and treated under armed guard. Both men are thought to be Muslim converts and were preaching fanatical Islamic verses after dragging the young soldier’s body to the middle of the road.

With bloody hands and crazed expressions one of the men were filmed saying: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”

Social media is known as being one the most popular way of communicating today, but in these situations should they be shut down?

Reading news coverage live as it happened on the BBC News website I made sure I was kept up to speed before I posted a Facebook status. Although I was feeling emotions such as fury, frustration, sadness and helplessness, I still only used the word ‘terrorists’ to describe the attackers: To me, a terrorist is nothing but a fanatical, brainwashed individual with the sole purpose to break, divide and conquer the peace and everyday living of the existing society regardless of what ethnicity, age or sex of the said individual happens to be.

However, scrolling through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook it was immediately apparent that there were some people posting before thinking or researching about what had actually happened.

What has happened is not a joke. It is not an excuse to post your inner opinions which generalise a certain race, culture or ethnicity and tarnish them with the same brush.

Should we take a leaf out of China’s book and ban Facebook? Back in 2011, Louise Mensch MP backed the idea that social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger should be shut down in time of crisis.

At the time Louise (ironically) Tweeted: “If riot info and fear is spreading by Facebook & Twitter, shut them off for an hour or two, then restore. World won’t implode.”

This was a notion also backed and considered by David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May. What do you think?! Should these sites be on lock down at times of such crisis?! What would happen if we were left to trust the media entirely for a day or two? Would it incur even more unbearable paranoia, or would it stop consequential violence and racism?! I’d LOVE to hear from you (Tweet me @sheldan2207 or comment below!).

❤ RIP to Drummer Lee Rigby ❤

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