Investigation into racist threats against Labour MP dropped after Twitter ‘fails to assist’ police

An investigation into racist online threats against an MP was dropped after Twitter refused to cooperate with police, it has been claimed.

David Lammy reported a Twitter account to the Metropolitan Police in August after the user referred to him with a racial slur and threatened that he should “hang from a lamppost”.

But the Labour MP for Tottenham now claims the Met were forced to abandon their investigation because Twitter refused to get involved.

He tweeted on Wednesday: “I have just been informed by @metpoliceuk they have dropped their investigation into this threat because @Twitter has refused to assist in their investigation.”

The shadow justice secretary also tweeted Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey, adding: “Please explain why you are shielding vile racists who make death threats on your platform? #BlackLivesMatter.

“You should not be able to push race hate and send death threats with impunity online. Shame on Twitter for failing to act with the Metropolitan Police to identify who sent this threat.”

A Twitter spokesperson said the social media giant is cooperating with police “having now received and processed the correct information”.

Sky News has contacted the Met for comment.

When the tweet was originally posted in August, Mr Lammy claimed it took several days for it to be removed and the account to be suspended.

This week, fellow politicians including Home Secretary Priti Patel have called on Twitter to act faster against racism in light of Mr Lammy’s complaint.

Ms Patel had offered her support to Mr Lammy back in August.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “The racism David Lammy, black MPs and black people across our society are subjected to is disgraceful.

“Social media platforms must be quicker at taking action against hate. Racism has no place online or anywhere in our society.”

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