London riots, Technology

Blackberry maker RIM says it has no plans to shut down BBM, but will help police track down rioters #londonriots

Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind the Blackberry devices and the Blackberry Messager (BBM) service, has denied reports on Monday night that it was considering suspending BBM in the wake of the London riots.

Over the weekend, it emerged that BBM was the communication method of choice of many of those who were working to encourage rioting. But RIM says it is not shutting the service down, although it announced via Twitter that it will ‘engage with the authorities’ in the aftermath of the riots.

That statement is being widely interpreted as a sign that RIM is willing to help police identify those who have been using BBM to organise the riots. If that’s the case, it remains to be seen whether those who coordinated arrangements for riots have in fact covered their tracks well enough to remain anonymous.

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2 thoughts on “Blackberry maker RIM says it has no plans to shut down BBM, but will help police track down rioters #londonriots

  1. I’ve had a few bbm broadcasts from my friends saying something about broadcasting this number: 0782250665411289 by 12 tonight or our account and pin will become invalid, it will cost £25.00 on top of our bill to reopen it and various other threat.
    I’m inclined to think it is all a scam/hoax but was wondering if there was anything official being released about it? Thanks

    Posted by Lily Wayne | August 9, 2011, 12:41 pm

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