Yvette Cooper has announced that MPs will look into how social media companies can censor a “tide of hate”, and strongly implied that freedom of speech should mean freedom from criticism in remarks ahead of a new inquiry into “hate crime”.
The Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry, headed by the Labour MP, will hear “evidence” from figures like Soros-funded Hope Not Hate’s Nick Lowles in its investigation into the apparent spike in “hate crime” that was reported after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU).
Following the historic referendum, the media announced that the number of hate crimes soared by 57 per cent. A statement from the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Hate Crime, however, revealed that this figure related only to reports made via an online form.
Breitbart London reported at the time on how Remain campaigners used Facebook groups to urge people to report hate crimes via the online ‘True Vision’ platform.
Cooper slammed the campaigns for Brexit and Donald Trump as having incited hatred. She said: “The Trump campaign and the reports of hate crime in the US since the election should be a warning to all of us about the dangers of whipping up hatred and prejudice.
“In a democracy, political disagreement should never provoke violence, hatred or discrimination. Campaigners and political leaders have a responsibility to ensure their rhetoric does not inflame prejudice or become a licence for hate crime.”
Like with post-Brexit “hate crimes”, the media has uncritically reported a wave of hate crimes following the Republican candidate’s electoral victory despite the police’s inability to verify the charges being made. One Muslim student whose allegations were particularly high profile is being charged for her false claims.
At the same time, verified incidents such as beatings of Trump supporters, which were caught on camera, and marches, graffiti, and vandalism expressing hate against European-Americans and people who voted for the president-elect have been ignored by politicians in Britain.
Declaring that “online and offline hate crime can no longer be seen as separate”, the Labour MP said the committee “will be assessing how social media companies can use their technological capabilities and resources to respond to a tide of hate”.
Cooper added that freedom of speech should mean the freedom to speak “free from intimidation and abuse”.
It was confirmed that the committee, which will “examine far right extremism in the UK, and the threat it poses”, is to hold an oral evidence session specifically looking at Islamophobia in the coming weeks.
MPs have issued a callout for submission of evidence to the inquiry which is entitled “Hate crime and its violent consequences”. So far, confirmed to be giving evidence to the committee is Nick Lowles, of the Soros-funded anti-UKIP outfit Hope Not Hate, and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).
Breitbart London has previously reported how the MCB appointed an imam who believes apostates should be killed to investigate a Muslim hate group issuing death threats to apostates, following the sectarian murder of a Glasgow newsagent by a Muslim.