If you’ve been following the news, you may have heard about the riots in London. A rumor started circulating that the authorities and RIM would shutdown BBM. Apparently, some of the rioters may have used BBM to organize the riots. However, RIM has told TechRadar that they will not be shutting down the service. The word from RIM:

 

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We feel for those impacted by this weekend’s riots in London. We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can,” says Patrick Spence, managing director, global sales and regional marketing.

As in all markets around the world where BlackBerry is available, we cooperate with local telecommunications operators, law enforcement and regulatory officials.

Similar to other technology providers in the UK we comply with The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and co-operate fully with the Home Office and UK police forces.”

This has been said to be a hoax that was started by a mass sending of BBM broadcast message. Rest assured, those of you in London should still be able to communicate using BBM.