1984 lives: London partners with social media to police ‘online hate crimes’

1984 lives: London partners with social media to police ‘online hate crimes’
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. (Image: Screen grab of BBC video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Any bets on whether it will be considered a hate crime to call Christians “bigots” and “xenophobes,” or to lob anti-Semitic slurs at Jews?]

The office of London’s first Muslim mayor has secured millions of pounds to fund a police “online hate crime hub” to work in “partnership with social media providers” to criminalise “trolls” who “target… individuals and communities.”

The London mayor’s office for policing and crime (Mopac) will spend £1,730,726 of taxpayer’s money policing speech online after applying for a huge grant from the Home Office Police Innovation Fund (PIF), it was announced in a statement.

“The purpose of this programme is to strengthen the police and community response to this growing crime type” is was announced, and will “involv[e] a dedicated police team” backed by “volunteers”. …

The measures will be “delivered in partnership with social media providers” who along with “specialist officers” will be “filtering and identification of online hate crimes” and “identifying the location of the crime and allocating to the appropriate force…”

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