Online Hate Crime

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I welcome your commitment at the recent Police and Crime Plenary to read and respond to the GLA Conservatives report '#ReportHate', which looked at how the Metropolitan Police Service can improve its response to online hate crime. Given that you have pledged to take a zero tolerance approach to hate crime, what measures are you going to take to work with internet providers to ensure that hate crime is tackled online?


Answer for Online Hate Crime

Answer for Online Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Internet Service providers are large, often global organisations and I'm aware that they are part of the dialogue taking place in many national and international forums about the best way to combat online hate crime and the contribution they can make.

In London MOPAC is about to lead an innovative programme, supported by the Home Office, to establish a hub to combat online hate crime.  Some of the main Social Media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have expressed the desire to work with this programme, and have already committed to deliver training to MPS officers and community and voluntary service organisations in using their existing online tools to highlight, challenge and remove online hate content.

This is a positive step and will provide a platform on which to continue to engage with social media providers to ensure there is a zero tolerance approach to hate crime. Of course, the development of my Police and Crime Plan, on which I will consult widely, will provide a good opportunity for others to provide their thoughts on how best to tackle this important issue.