LONDONISTAN MAYOR SLAMS FREE SPEECH AT SXSW
Mayor of London Sadiq Khaan. REUTERS/Matthew Childs
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.
During his talk, the mayor read racist tweets about himself.
"I say kill the mayor of London and you'll be rid of one Muslim terrorist," Khan read aloud. "I'd pay for someone to execute Sadiq Kahn."
Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital city, said he read the half a dozen tweets or so not to "be portrayed as a victim" or "ask for sympathy, but to illustrate that big tech has further to go in making the internet free of hate speech.
"But 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?" Kahn said.
Kahn warned that tweets like the ones addressed to him send a message to minority children that if they don't look a certain way or subscribe to the same establishment beliefs, they will grow up thinking there's no path for them in high-profile careers.
"We simply must do more to protect people online," Kahn said.Read More...