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London mayor threaten tech companies with race card

London Mayor Sadiq Khan asked Facebook and Twitter to censor "hate speech" during a talk at SXSW in Austin, Texas because he himself receives nasty comments on social media.

Published: March 13, 2018, 8:52 am

    Austin, Texas

    During the talk, he read social media “hate speech” only about himself and suggested that tech companies should face fines if they do not remove nasty comments about Islamists quickly.

    Kahn, the first Muslim mayor of a Western key city, made the emotional plea for tech companies to censor “hate speech” at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, on Monday where the mayor read out tweets only about himself, Business Insider reported.

    He read out the many tweets about himself, not to “be portrayed as a victim” or “ask for sympathy” he said, but it appears that that was his only aim.

    Kahn waved the race card at tech companies suggesting that nasty tweets sent a message to minority children that if they do not subscribe to Western beliefs, they would grow up without the possibility of pursuing high-profile careers.

    He raised concern only about racial minorities. “Ask yourself this, what happens when young boys and girls from minority backgrounds see this kind of thing on their timelines or experience this themselves?”

    He added:”We simply must do more to protect people online.”

    The UK has meanwhile increased their efforts “to protect minorities” by arresting and detaining American and European activists questioning unlimited immigration.

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, has warned that the web is currently in danger of being “weaponised at scale”.

    Berners-Lee says it is because of the concentration of power in the hands of only a few platforms – including Facebook, Google, and Twitter – which “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”.

    “What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms,” the 62-year-old British computer scientist told The Guardian.

    Google currently accounts for about 87 percent of online searches worldwide and Facebook has more than 2.2 billion monthly active users. Together, the two companies – including their subsidiaries Instagram and YouTube – take over 60 percent of digital advertising spend globally.

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