The three players who failed to score in England on Sunday were the victims of numerous abuses.© AFP
Facebook and Twitter said on Monday that they were trying to cast racial abuse comments against members of the England football team after suffering a huge loss in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. Giants on social media in the US said they were removing racist and hateful content that had led to the disapproval of British political leaders. The actions came after a stream of abusive messages on Twitter and Facebook owned by Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, three players who missed England’s penalties on Sunday.
“Racist abuse of English players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter,” a spokesman for the San Francisco short messaging service said.
“In the last 24 hours, through a combination of automation-based learning and human review, we have quickly removed more than 1,000 tweets and permanently suspended several accounts for violating our rules – most of which we have proactively detected ourselves using technology.”
Facebook earlier stated in a statement that “last night it quickly removed the comments and accounts that led to the abuse of English footballers and that we will continue to take action against those who break our rules.”
“One thing will not solve this challenge overnight, but we are committed to keeping our community safe from abuse,” he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders have expressed grief over online abuses.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wrote a tweet: “I share my anger at the horrific racist treatment of our heroic players” while warning online services.
“Social media companies have to deal with gambling and if they don’t, our new Online Security Bill will have to pay fines of up to 10 percent of revenue,” he wrote.
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