Call of Elton

“Sir Elton John urges social media boycott over hate speech”


Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight, Sir Elton said companies "haven't done anything to try to stem the flow of hate on the internet".

His interview followed him giving the Diana, Princess of Wales lecture on HIV, in which he called on firms to harness their social power.

He said a boycott could make the firms "sit up" and take action.

Sir Elton said to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark: "I don't know why they [social media firms] allow it - it's supposed to be free speech but the things that are on social media are so disgusting that there has to be action taken by the people who own these companies."

He added: "'People say 'well what about my freedom of speech?' Well, sod your freedom of speech."

He then called for a boycott, saying: "Why not? Then they'll sit up. When the money is not coming in they'll sit up.

"They can do so much good, but first they have to clean house and become a much more moral and Christian thinking... a moral thinking compass for what's going on in the world.

"At the moment they're not doing that."