Soft-On-Crime London Mayor Blames YouTube For Knife Killings

Sadiq Khan's Campaign Promise Was To Cut 'Stop And Search' In His City

After a string of high-profile fatal knife attacks this year, the Mayor of London is blaming the internet in part for the rise of violence in his city.

As a mayoral candidate in 2015, Sadiq Khan campaigned on a promise to signi

Sadiq Khan's Campaign Promise Was To Cut 'Stop And Search' In His City

After a string of high-profile fatal knife attacks this year, the Mayor of London is blaming the internet in part for the rise of violence in his city.

As a mayoral candidate in 2015, Sadiq Khan campaigned on a promise to significantly reduce the use of “stop and search” by the London police, according to The Evening Standard.

Now with London in the news for stabbing deaths, he’s blaming the internet.

“All of us have a role to play. My message to Google and YouTube though, is you’ve got a role to play as well. It’s not good enough that when the police tell you about a video that’s inciting violence you’re not taking it down,” Khan said in a video post on his Twitter account.

“If it’s the case that it’s not breaching your guidelines, you’ve got to toughen up your guidelines but when the police tell you something’s causing a problem and inciting violence you’ve got to take it down immediately.”

The Daily Mail reported May 3 that London had suffered seven fatal knife attacks in just 10 days.

Then in June, seven people were killed and 48 injured when a van hit pedestrians on London Bridge and three men got out and went on a knife-stabbing spree, according to the BBC.

The Mayor blaming internet videos for stabbing deaths was roundly ridiculed on Twitter.

“Internet companies don’t stab people,” a Roy Clark tweeted. “People stab people. Better and more policing would possibly be an effective deterrent?”

A Kev Sandall tweeted: “So your response to an epidemic of young men stabbing other young men to death is to police the internet? You are part of the problem.”

A Paul tweeted: “I'm deeply concerned that London has turned into a 3rd world toilet since you took over and all you do is blame ‘internet giants’ RESIGN”

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