Knife and crime strategy -social media

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your knife crime strategy you stated that you would bring the "most influential social media companies to the table" to reduce the sharing material glorifying knife violence.  Which companies will you be talking to and what is the timeframe in which you will engage with them?


Answer for Knife and crime strategy -social media

Answer for Knife and crime strategy -social media

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have called on YouTube and its parent company Google to crack down on online videos that encourage gang violence and knife crime, urging the internet giants to do more to remove such content and prevent it re-appearing.

My Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) is already working with YouTube and Google to tackle online hate crime and has requested a meeting to discuss this work as well as my concerns around online content which glorifies knife crime.