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More Than 1900 Racist Messages Aimed At England Players Were Removed From Twitter

Following England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final, Twitter banned over 1,900 racist and abusive posts, according to the social media company.
After missing penalties in the shootout against Italy at Wembley last month, England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were racially insulted online.
Twitter has now announced that it discovered and erased 1,622 tweets during the final and the 24 hours after the game, with the number growing to 1,961 three days later.
It also stated that the majority of the abusive tweets were in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that police claimed that nearly four times as many criminal comments originated from outside the country.
The social media behemoth accepted that racism was a “deep societal issue” that still existed offline, but admitted that it needed to do more to keep its platform safe, and advocated more collaborative action with government and football authorities.
After missing penalties in the shootout against Italy at Wembley last month, Jadon Sancho (pictured), Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka were racially harassed online.
To progress, the team has submitted data requests to social media businesses, and where responses have been received, the information has been forwarded to local police agencies.
The remark was posted on Mr Bone’s profile immediately after three England players missed their penalties. In an update on its response to the event, Twitter claimed it has put in place mechanisms to ‘swiftly identify and remove racist, abusive tweets targeting the England squad and larger Euros discourse’ before the tournament.
Only 2% of the tweets removed following the final generated more than 1,000 impressions, or views, before being taken down, according to Twitter. The site and others have been criticized of being sluggish to respond to online abuse and remove it, but Twitter claims that as a result of these efforts, only 2% of the tweets removed following the final generated more than 1,000 impressions, or views, before being taken down.
Facebook stated it was still working on ways to make this type of information less visible so that fewer people saw it before it was removed.
The UK was also ‘by by’ the most popular place of origin for nasty tweets on the night of the final and in the days that followed, according to the business.
Several advocates have suggested that ID verification be implemented on social media to reduce the spread of online abuse and assist rapidly identify individuals responsible, but Twitter has claimed that its analysis indicates that this would have been unlikely to prevent the abuse during the Euros.
According to Twitter’s data, 99% of the accounts suspended for violating abuse rules during the tournament were recognizable and were not posting anonymously.
‘Our goal is for Twitter to be used as a safe place for everyone to connect, whether it’s to highlight injustice or to give a voice to people who have been historically under-represented,’ Twitter UK said.
‘Racist abuse has no place on Twitter, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to keep these disgusting views and behaviors off our platform.’
Andrew Bone (left and right) contacted Greater Manchester Police after a racist comment titled ‘We can do better’ was posted on his Twitter account.
We are well aware of our responsibility to safeguard the safety of the service, not just for football fans, but for all users.
‘But, we must acknowledge that the improvements we will be able to make on our own will be amplified by broader actions.’
‘As long as racism persists offline, we’ll see people try to put these attitudes online – it’s a problem that technology alone can’t solve.’
‘Everyone, including the government and football authorities, has a role to play, and we will continue to push for a collaborative strategy to address this fundamental social issue,’ she said. This week, police probing online racial abuse of England players following the Euro 2020 final made 11 arrests.
The UK Football Police Unit says it has received over 600 reports from individuals, charities, clubs, and other organizations around the country, with 207 of them being illegal in nature and 34 of them being in the UK.

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