Twitter will meet Manchester United and kick it out following online racist abuse directed at Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman became the third player in a week to be racially abused on social media following a penalty miss.
Several of Pogba’s team-mates criticized the abuse, whereas England women’s manager Phil Neville recommended footballers to “boycott” social media.
Twitter said it’ll meet with any stakeholders to indicate the “proactive work” being done to tackle abuse.
It said during a statement: “We have continually maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this area; however we all know we need to do more to guard our users. Racist behavior has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it.
“Over the subsequent few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out and the other civil society stakeholders curious about hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to handle online racist abuse towards certain footballers within the UK.
“To this end, we glance forward to working a lot more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions to the current issue.”
What action is Twitter taking?
Twitter rules forbid users from promoting violence against, threatening or harassing individuals on the premise of race, ethnicity or other protected groups.
Since 2018, it’s enhanced the amount of accounts suspended for evading a previous ban on the service by 45% and tripled the number of accounts suspended within twenty four hours once receiving a report.
Pogba saw a 68th-minute penalty saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the 1-1 draw at Molineux on Monday – the fourth spot-kick Pogba has missed for United in the Premier League since the beginning of last season.
United defender Harry Maguire referred to as on social media companies to “stop these pathetic trolls”, whereas striker Marcus Rashford said “enough now, this must stop”.
Former United player Neville said “boycotting” social media would send a “powerful message”, whereas the club themselves said they’re “working to identify” those accountable for the racist abuse directed at Pogba.
Facebook additionally said in a statement that it’ll “invest heavily in developing tools and technologies to stop bullying and harassment” and people breaking the foundations will be “permanently banned”.
Last week, Chelsea condemned “abhorrent posts” aimed toward Tammy Abraham after his decisive penalty miss within the Super Cup against Liverpool.
Then on Sunday, Reading striker Yakou Meite called out racist abuse sent to him on social media after he had a spot-kick saved.
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