Isn't it interesting how demands to close down social media during times of civil unrest are characterised as a threat to liberty?
Especially given the huge potential these tools offer the The Man (at no cost to The Man) to gather evidence, monitor sentiment, predict behaviour, 'nudge' it, create demand and stimulate desires and generally coerce us into compliance using peer-to-peer pressure?
When we use social media, we collaborate with and enable the kind of surveillance that the Stasi could only have dreamt of. And we offer it to the state - and, more worryingly, to unelected corporations.
So: Is there a civil libertarian argument for closing down networks during civil strife - protecting people from incriminating themselves?
Tricky blighter, Johnny Liberty, eh?