Mar. 04, 2019
Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson is furious Tommy Robinson’s YouTube channel is exploding in popularity and he’s demanding Google CEO Sundar Pichai ban him immediately.
“I have written to Google CEO @SundarPinchai calling on him, as a matter of urgency, to remove the YouTube page of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson,” Watson tweeted on Saturday.
His letter made clear this was not merely a request but a threat:
“As the UK’s Shadow Digital Secretary I have recently been making the argument that the social media companies have failed to regulate hate speech and harm on their platforms. It is clear, as I am sure you are aware, that UK legislators are now moving rapidly towards introducing legal regulatory powers to deal with this those who seek to use the garb of freedom of speech to, instead, preach violent hate with the aim of damaging and undermining our society.”
Watson also made it clear his anger is with Robinson’s rapidly growing popularity:
While Watson’s trying to use accusations of “racism” and “Islamophobia” to get Tommy Robinson banned, he’s also trying to use accusations of “antisemitism” to oust the leader of his own party, Jeremy Corbyn:
This guy is a real piece of work.