Mr. Sadiq Khan, infamously heralded as the “first Muslim mayor of London,” has a notorious track record for sweeping the threat of Islamic terror attacks under the rug. After the New York Bombing in 2016, Khan eloquently stated that such terror attacks are “part and parcel” of living in a major city, and that residents ought to “be prepared” for attacks such as the New York Bombing. With a legacy like that, it’s hardly surprising that foreign nationals and immigrants commit one-fifth of the crime in London. 

In an effort to curve the whopping 1,844 deaths of young Londoners under age of 25 at the hands of knife-wielding felons, Khan has directed a portion of the blame towards Google and YouTube for not “toughening” up its guidelines or censoring content that could lead to radicalization. 

“All of us have a role to play. My message to Google an 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. 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.”

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Moreover, Khan has also stated that, “Internet giants have policies in place around violent content, but they do not go far enough. Google, YouTube and other platforms have a responsibility to the millions of young people using their sites every day, and it is vital that they toughen up their guidelines, remove breaches immediately and work with partners to help ensure such horrific videos do not reappear. Lives could depend on it.” 

Essentially, Khan is yet another voice advocating for the censorship of radical content on internet outlets. The Anti-Defamation, the No Hate Speech Movement, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue have already teamed up with Google late in July 2017 to help “bring expert knowledge of complex issues like hate speech, radicalization, and terrorism that will help [YouTube] better identify content that is being used to radicalize and recruit extremists. In a twisted turn of events, prominent YouTube professor Dr. Jordan Peterson, a voice against progressivism, postmodernism, and leftism, found that Google had barred him from producing any more videos. Clearly, Khan is ignorant of the fact that Google is already censoring content. 

However, one must ask why the internet is being blamed for the global instances of Islamic radicalism. Certainly, Islam has always been a violent religion, having tried to force its way into Europe since the 8th century, a time before “violent videos” were a contributing denominator. The issue, and a reality that Khan clearly struggles to acknowledge, is not with the internet provoking instances of foreign national violence; rather, it is the ethno-cultural attributes of foreign nationals in Europe that must be addressed. London is in the genesis of cultural decline, and the rest of Europe is clearly sinking alongside it. Will Londoners awaken to the reality of their crumbling heritage? Only time will tell.