Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Sadiq Khan: UK government must do more to regulate tech

Meanwhile, @SpeedwagonPRST tweeted: 'I'd pay for someone to execute Sadiq Khan'.

Sadiq Khan has read out some of the racist and abusive tweets he has received since being elected London Mayor to illustrate the need to clean up social media.

Khan goes on to read abusive comments, with twitter users inciting violence against him, calling him a "Muslim terrorist" and urging him to "blow himself up".

Khan called out Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for not doing enough to prevent the spread of fake news, hate speech, harassment and propaganda on their platforms.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a moving plea for tech companies to take on hate speech at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, on Monday.

"But ask yourself this: what happens when young boys and girls from minority backgrounds see this kind of thing on their timelines?"

'Or someone thinking about becoming a politician?

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Speaking at the SXSW event in Austin, Sadiq Khan said that if social media companies can not control fake news, racism and propaganda on their platforms, they may face being regulated by governments.

'And what about young girls and women who are being driven from these platforms - reversing our long fight for gender equality?' Khan will acknowledge that the United Kingdom government had sat on its hands while services like Uber and Airbnb rewrote the rulebook around issues such as the minimum wage, employee status, and local planning.

In his speech, Khan is expected to make references to Germany, a country that allows fines of up to 50 million euros if hate speech found on social media sites is not removed quickly.

The Mayor of London is the first United Kingdom politician to be offered a keynote speaking slot at SXSW in Texas, after which he will be joined by HuffPost editor Lydia Polgreen for a Q&A session. "And we shouldn't. It should be how we mitigate against the potentially negative impacts of drive up standards and to create more just and equal societies".

'No business or industry should ever consider itself above the local rules, or laws set by democratic processes, ' he explained.

'There's been a dereliction of duty on the part of politicians and policymakers to ensure that the rapid growth in technology is utilised and steered in a direction that benefits us all, ' he added.

For governments to take inspiration from German legislation that levies hefty fines for failure to remove hate speech by social media websites, fake news and illegal material fast enough.

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