MOPAC Online Hate Crime Reduction

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps are being taken by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime to work with social media providers to ensure that they are effectively dealing with those who use their networks to commit hate crime?


Answer for MOPAC Online Hate Crime Reduction

Answer for MOPAC Online Hate Crime Reduction

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Your recent report into online hate crime quite correctly refers to the challenges presented by the lack of a specific offence and the high evidential threshold in identifying the posting of offensive online material as a hate crime.   While social media providers have displayed a willingness to engage with those highlighting offensive material, their responses have often been disappointing.

My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is to convene a roundtable discussion with online service providers and community stakeholders later this year to explore how we can collectively combat online hate.