Scotland Yard Hopes 5 Coppers Can Clean up Social Media

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Trolls may or may not be trembling in their ergonomic desk chairs following the announcement of the Online Hate Crime Hub, a small team of police officers set to focus purely on stamping out hate crime on the internet.

The two-year project will cost an astonishing £1.7 million, with the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) saying that this is the first time a ‘dedicated police team’ had been set up for such a purpose.

The Online Hate Crime Hub will include a detective inspector, a detective sergeant and three detective constables. That’s five people. To cover the internet. Did someone at Twitter just say "Awww, cute"?

Their task is to use technology to track down online criminals and send handcuff emojis to them get their officers pals around the country to pop over to their homes and nick them. They’ll also be trusted to teach fellow police officers and community groups how to identify, report and challenge abuse.

It’s a step in the right direction, but whether it works or not remains to be seen. [BBC]