Twitter has released a statement that reveals the company has taken action against over 700 accounts on the social platform due to incidents of racism from football fans.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were two victims on racial discrimination during August after both missed penalties for Manchester United that later went on to see Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side drop points.
Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma also suffered similar abuse online, with Abraham also missing a penalty whereas Zouma had scored a last-minute own goal that allowed Sheffield United to leave Stamford Bridge with a point after being 2-0 down.
In their statement, posted on @TwitterUK, the company also say they have met with the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and Kick It Out in a bid to take action against those sharing racial slurs online. It read: “In the past two weeks, we’ve taken action on more than 700 examples of abuse and hateful conduct related to UK football. This vile content has no place on our service.”
“We will continue to take swift action on the minority that try to undermine the conversation for the majority. This behaviour does not reflect the vast majority of fans who use Twitter. We’ve spent years forging strong partnerships with clubs, organisations and supporters and deeply value the relationships.”
Kick It Out, who have campaigned against discrimination in football since 1993, joined Twitter in releasing a statement, saying: “Kick It Out will continue to take a lead in bringing the football authorities and the legal system together to tackle online abuse. But what the public need most is Twitter to show decisive leadership and deliver concrete action for change – we expect to see that in the weeks and months ahead. Online discrimination will not be resolved overnight, but we have collectively agreed on the following actions as a first step to ensure the issue is tackled effectively.”
“We will hold a meeting with the UK football policing unit and the Crown Prosecution Service to discuss how we can best develop a collaborative, efficient approach to identifying and punishing anyone who posts discriminatory abuse on Twitter. We are inviting the football authorities, including the Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League, to meet Twitter alongside Kick It Out and to agree a collective action plan of what will be done to tackle online discrimination effectively. Twitter have agreed to use their platform and resources to support our specific campaigning work around football-related online discrimination.”
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