Updated guidance on online hate crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3672
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How will the Crown Prosecution Service's updated guidelines on online hate crime assist the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Service in tackling this crime?

Answer

Answer for Updated guidance on online hate crime

Answer for Updated guidance on online hate crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The August 2017 Public statements give welcome clarity and guidance to prosecutors.   It also sends an important message to victims and perpetrators that hate crimes online will be treated every bit as seriously as those committed anywhere else.

The high threshold applied at the evidential stage of a Social Media allegation is unchanged which means the revisions are unlikely to lead to a huge increase in prosecutions.  However, both I and the police anticipate that it will ensure prosecution decisions are more consistent and that enhanced sentencing is achieved more often.

The Online Hate Crime Hub will continue to support Investigators to achieve better outcomes for victims of online hate crime via the Criminal justice system and outside it.