Instead of invading ‘enemy territory’ to hurl invective and threats, they do it by another means, but the driving force behind it, territorial turf disputes and general criminal behavior and mindset remain unchanged. They will always find a means to goad each other to violence…
What’s not needed are simpletons with soundbites.
Paul Weston squarely hits the nail head:
Is social media behind soaring rates of knife crime, or are gangs of violent black youths tooled up with machetes behind soaring rate of black stabbing crime? Failure to identify the truth means failure to stop the crime.
Met chief says social media is behind soaring rate of knife crime
Cressida Dick says trivial disputes can escalate when rivals goad one another online
Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.
After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed.
Speaking to the Times, Dick said trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.
“There’s definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly,” she said.