Priti Patel condemns ‘awful racist abuse’ against David Lammy

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel has urged Twitter to take faster action against hateful content after shadow justice secretary David Lammy was subject to racist abuse on the platform.

The Labour MP said on Monday that it took more than 13 hours for the social media site to suspend an account that called him “monkey boy” and made comments about him “hanging from a lamppost”.

Today Ms Patel tweeted her support for Mr Lammy, writing: “I am sorry you have faced this awful racist abuse @DavidLammy. I have asked the @metropolitan police to keep me updates on their investigation.

“As I have said before, @Twitter must take decisive action against this sort of vile content much faster.”

The police are investigating this tweet sent to Labour MP David Lammy

Scotland Yard said the offending tweet was “being assessed” after an allegation of malicious communication towards Tottenham MP Mr Lammy was made on Sunday.

Twitter said: “Racist behaviour has no place on our service. We have policies in place that address abuse and harassment, violent threats, and hateful conduct.

“If we identify accounts that violate any of these rules, we’ll take enforcement action. This account in question has been suspended for violating our hateful conduct policy.”

The vice chairman of Race on the Agenda said the Home Secretary’s support for Mr Lammy demonstrated the “shared experience for people of colour in the public eye”.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Alastair Stewart Maurice McLeod said: “Dianne Abbott, Priti Patel, Gina Miller, Sadiq Khan; you can pretty much think of a black or Asian person in the public eye and they get abuse online I’m afraid.”

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