Reports that BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) will turn off its BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) in London are unfounded, it has been claimed, amid reports that it is fermenting civil unrest in the city.
According to TechRadar, which spoke exclusively an unnamed, "reputable" source, the rumour that BBM would be turned off in the capital appears to have been spread on the messaging service through a hoax missive.
Speculation over RIM’s plans comes after it yesterday issued a statement pledging to co-operate with the police and state apparatus, following the emergence of evidence that BlackBerry owners were using BBM to share assembly points for the riots of the last four days.
Managing Director of global sales and regional marketing Patrick Spence at the handset-maker stated: "As in all markets around the world where BlackBerry is available, we cooperate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials.
"Similar to other technology providers in the UK we comply with The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and co-operate fully with the Home Office and UK police forces."
The full extent of the role played by the free to use, proprieatary instant messaging service played in the disturbances has yet to be established. However, it is known that mass-messages were sent calling for rioters to assemble in Oxford Circus and in locations in North London.