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The leader and deputy leader of Britain First have been jailed for the religiously aggravated harassment of Muslims, and the group’s Facebook pages have been banned for inciting hatred. Facebook’s actions follow calls from authorities for social media firms to do more to combat hate speech.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a hashtag campaign to encourage action against hate speech. He launched the #endthehate campaign through a video on his personal and mayoral Twitter feed in conjunction with his keynote address to SXSW 2018, and also called on social media companies to do more to combat it.
Figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime reveal a 40% rise in Islamophobic hate crime in London, but Scotland Yard warns these figures do not reveal the full extent of the problem because many go unreported.
Several UK politicians, including the Mayor of London, have expressed their concerns over the impact the delay of releasing bodies for burial is having on Muslim and Jewish communities. The issue concerns one jurisdiction of London in particular, which is home to the UK’s largest Muslim and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.