12 Mar'18

London Mayor talks about the dangers, the ‘dereliction of duty’ and changes needed in the tech industry

 

Speaking about the big tech companies’ action against hate speech, Sadiq Khan told the BBC ‘We can’t assume that tech companies will find the solutions by themselves’.

 

Companies have to be ‘chivvied and cajoled to take action’ Khan stated.

 

In another interview with The Telegraph, Khan accuses politicians of a ‘dereliction of duty’ by not ensuring that the rapid growth in technology is utilised and steered in a direction that benefits us all’.

 

Khan publicly shared this message at South by Southwest festival in Austin on Monday 12th March.

 

The Evening Standard reported that Khan shared some of ‘the racist abuse he receives online ‘. One of the message he received, Khan was called a ‘muzzie terrorist’.

 

As quoted by the Evening Standard, Khan stated ‘I don’t read these out to be portrayed as a victim, or to ask for sympathy’. Khan exposed his personal experience of hate crime to express his opinion that the big tech companies could be going ‘further and faster’ in ‘developing technology to make sure the reporting process becomes quicker and more effective’.

 

Ending his speech Khan reiterates his belief that ‘There’s been a dereliction of duty on the part of politicians and policymakers’.