Following the riots that rocked London and several other English cities, Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed a 'all-out war on gangs and gang culture.'
British officials have criticized social media for its role in organizing and fanning the riots throughout England. But experts suggest that much of the criticism is misplaced.
While a massive police showing seems to have largely deterred a fourth night of rioting in London, three youths died after being hit by a car during riots in Birmingham.
Britain's urban riots represent both frustration with economic hard times and common criminality. And they once again demonstrate that social media can be used for good or ill purposes.
A masked youth pulls a burning garbage bin set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, on Aug. 8. Youths set fire to shops and vehicles around London as authorities struggled to halt groups of rampaging young people enraged by the police shooting of alleged Tottenham gangster Mark Duggan.
London riots continued for a third night Monday and spread to other cities, causing Prime Minister David Cameron to cut short his holiday and hold crisis talks.
The London riots and looting this weekend were among the worst civil disturbances Britain has seen in a quarter-century. Some blamed government spending cuts for sowing unrest and weakening police.
London riots: Groups of masked and hooded young people looted shops, attacked police officers and set fire to vehicles in violence that has raised questions about security ahead of the 2012 Olympics and revealed pent-up anger against the city's police.