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Twitter Provides An Update On The Racist Abuse Directed At The Euro 2020 Final

During the Euro 2020 final, Twitter banned more than 1,900 racist and abusive posts, the most of which came from accounts in the United Kingdom, according to the social media company.
The site said it found and erased 1,622 tweets during the final and the 24 hours following the game, with the number growing to 1,961 three days later.
After missing penalties in the shootout at Wembley last month, England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka were racially insulted online following their defeat to Italy in the final.
The social media behemoth agreed that racism is a “deep societal issue” that also exists offline, but admitted that it needs to do more to keep its platform safe, and advocated more collaborative action with government and football authorities.
Before the competition, Twitter stated it has put in place mechanisms to “immediately identify and remove racist, abusive tweets targeting the England team and larger Euros debate,” according to an update on its response to the event.
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 greatest nation of origin for the 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 it suspended for violating abuse rules during the tournament were recognizable and were not tweeting anonymously.
“Our goal is for Twitter to be used as a platform for everyone to communicate safely – 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.”
“We can do a better job.”
We are well aware of our responsibility to safeguard the safety of the service, not just for football fans, but for all users.
“Yet, we must acknowledge that the advances 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 bring these attitudes online – it’s a problem that technology alone can’t solve.”
“Everyone has a responsibility to play, including the government and football authorities, and we will continue to push for a collaborative strategy to address this fundamental societal issue,” he said. Last week, police arrested 11 people in connection with the online racial abuse of England players following the Euro 2020 final.

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