There are two faces to social networks emerging in the few days since the riots in London began.
While sections of the media continue to point the blame at Twitter for fuelling the riots, with The Sun calling for Twitter rioters to be “nailed”, there is a much stronger trend that has emerged over night.
In opposition to looters using social networks community groups have taken back the initiative as the hashtag #riotcleanup becomes the UK’s number one Twitter trend as people started to come together to organise. Already more than 67,000 have joined social networking groups on Twitter and Facebook. It is already showing the signs of becoming a movement.
The Metropolitan Police are also using the web to publish pictures of rioters as are bloggers calling on people to identify those responsible.
UPDATE – A brilliant picture from Clapham below showing the power of the #Riotcleanup (see pic below).
It is also being reported that the Police in Glasgow have detained a 16 year old in Glasgow on suspicion of attempting to incite a riot by a message on Facebook.
Ebay has said it will cooperate fully with the investigating authorities to identify and remove any listings which are linked to criminal activity