Carole Cadwalladr+ Your Authors @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Jul. 28, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Solidarity with those boycotting Twitter for
#NoSafeSpaceForJewHate. But there are concrete things we can do & need to shout about. We cannot rely on a US-based company to police itself. We know this. But we have laws! Why are they not enforced? #AskPriti
 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53544902 

I joined boycott y'day because registering protest & solidarity = important. But having spent 4 years reporting lack of accountability of tech giants, it won't work. And even if did, it's only 1 individual among 10000s on here spreading hate.

BUT there are things we can do..

Every few months I draw attention to @DrDavidDuke, an actual Ku Klux Klan grand wizard with 53k followers. But UK is not the US. We have existing hate speech laws. CPS said in 2017 it would take same 'robust' stance to hate online as offline..

 https://www.itv.com/news/2017-08-21/treat-hate-crime-online-as-seriously-as-offline-prosecutors-told/ 

Anyway, I'll shut up now. The point is that we as social media users are powerless. It's why it's so critical that we enforce the laws we have. And why it was such a total & abject moral failure that the government failed to back parliament in demanding Zuckerberg testify in UK.


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