London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks out about racist abuse

Crowds at SXSW 2017

Crowds at SXSW 2017

Speaking at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, Khan will remind officials and governments that "rather than blaming companies for innovating ahead of regulation, politicians must fix things when the regulation is out of date", and that the goal should not be to slow down innovation but to ensure that the undesirable impacts of disruption are minimised.

London mayor Sadiq Khan is set to call for sweeping regulatory changes today in order to stop large, multinational tech companies from thinking they are "above the law".

A preview of his speech shows the London mayor slamming governments for "sitting on their hands while the tech revolution has happened around them".

He said: "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".

"We simply must do more to protect people online".

"What we need to see is a stronger duty of care so that social media platforms can live up to their promise to be places that connect, unify and democratise the sharing of information - and be places where everyone feels welcome and valued", Khan continued.

"But with the skills and resources these companies have at their disposal, I believe it's possible to go further and faster".

He pointed to a rise in online abuse, misogyny, religious hatred, fake news and spreading misinformation, as well as terrorists and far-right groups "radicalising and brainwashing others".

"In London, we've been clear with Uber and other companies - that everyone - no matter how big or small - must play by the rules".

"There's been a failure to ensure that our economies and our regulatory structures are prepared and relevant", Khan will add.

"Our economies have always needed new regulations in place to meet the needs of workers and consumers when the environment changes".

The Mayor will also tell how London is leading the way in terms of tackling hate crime and gender inequality.

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