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Individuals who participated in this week's riots could be blocked from accessing social media websites, it has been announced.

Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that the government is discussing potential options with the broadband industry and security services.

"We are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality," he stated.

Rioters used networking websites and mobile messaging services to help co-ordinate attacks in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester among other cities.

However, the Open Rights Group believes the government is wrong to website blocking as a response to the civil disobedience.

Jim Killock, Executive Director of the organisation, commented that all citizens have the right to communications.

"How do people 'know' when someone is planning to riot? Who makes that judgement? The only realistic answer is the courts must judge," he stated.

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