English football federations urge Twitter and Facebook to take action against racism UK news
English football federations have teamed up to send an open letter on Facebook and Twitter calling for action against footballers and officials on social media.
“The Premier League, FA, EFL, WSL, Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and Kick It Out have jointly signed the letter to Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder, chairman and managing director Mark Zuckerburg and asked them.” for the sake of basic human decency, “to use the power of their systems to stop the abuse.
High profile players in both men’s and women’s games have been victims of racial abuse on social media in recent weeks, while Premier League referee Mike Dean faced death threats following a controversial decision over the weekend.
Facebook ownership Instagram announced new measuresThis includes removing accounts to prevent abusive messages on the platform and developing new controls to reduce the abuse people see.
The football associations’ letter stated: “The language used is degrading, often threatening and illegal. It worries recipients and the vast majority of people who abhor racism, sexism and discrimination of all kinds.
“Their inaction has given the anonymous perpetrators the belief that they are unreachable. The relentless flow of racist and discriminatory messages feeds itself: the more they are tolerated by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, platforms with billions of users, the more it is normal , becomes accepted behavior. “
Humanity and social media in the worst case. Yes, I am a black man and I live proudly every day that I am. No one or no comment will make me feel different. Sorry, if you’ve been looking for a strong reaction, you just won’t get it here 👊🏾
– Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 30, 2021
Manchester United players Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe, Anthony Martial and Lauren James are among the targets of social media abuse along with Romaine Sawyers of West Brom and Reece James of Chelsea, brother of Lauren James.
The letter asks Facebook and Twitter to ensure that no user is “followed” by their platforms because of their gender or skin color.
It was created by FA boss Mark Bullingham, his colleagues in the Premier League and EFL – Richard Masters and Trevor Birch – director of women’s professional game Kelly Simmons, executive director of the Professional Footballers’ Association, Gordon Taylor, executive director of League Managers Association, signed Richard Bevan, Chief Referee Mike Riley and Kick It Out Chairman Sanjay Bhandari.
Inquiries from football authorities to Facebook and Twitter:
- Messages and posts should be filtered and blocked before sending or posting if they contain racist or discriminatory material
- You should take robust, transparent, and swift measures to remove abusive material when it comes into circulation
- All users should undergo an improved verification process which (only if required by law enforcement agencies) allows for accurate identification of the person behind the account. Steps should also be taken to prevent a user who has previously sent abuse from re-registering an account
- Your platforms should actively and expeditiously assist the investigative authorities in identifying the authors of illegal discriminatory material
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