Wednesday 6 October 2021 / 12:01 AM Crime / Holly Lynch / Home Affairs

Rise in online disability hate crime deeply worrying – Labour

Holly Lynch MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction and Courts, responding to figures showing online disability hate crimes have risen by more than 50 per cent in a year, said:

“This rise in online disability hate crime is deeply worrying. The Government needs to act to ensure that the perpetrators face justice and that online platforms take responsibility for removing such vile content.

“The Conservatives promised legislation to tackle online hate more than four years ago. Their Online Safety Bill has been watered down, giving social media platforms the power to mark their own homework.

“Labour will work to toughen up the legislation in Parliament. In the meantime urgent action is needed to protect victims because this abuse ruins lives.”