PFA SLAM Twitter for apparent reluctance to deal with offensive messages following the release of a new investigation
PFA SLAM Twitter for apparent reluctance to deal with offensive messages after new study publishes … as 31 racist comments targeting players like Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha remain visible
- The government is open to legal action against social media companies
- Clubs worry that tech giants are preventing online abusers from being prosecuted
- Twitter’s apparent reluctance was further exposed by the players’ union
- PFA compiled a list of 56 discriminatory tweets aimed at the players
The Professional Football Association has attacked Twitter for not dealing with offensive messages aimed at players.
Sportsmail revealed on Thursday how the government was open to taking legal action against social media companies amid deep concerns from clubs that companies like Twitter and Instagram are actively preventing online abusers from being prosecuted.
And Twitter’s apparent reluctance to respond appropriately to the shocking rise in discriminatory abuse against footballers was further exposed by the players’ union on Thursday night following the publication of a new study.
The PFA has attacked Twitter for not dealing with offensive messages targeting players like Raheem Sterling
Following an investigation into online abuse in the Premier League during Project Restart, the PFA compiled a list of 56 racist and discriminatory tweets addressed to players like Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha, which remained live on the platform during the investigation period.
In November, the union informed Twitter about these messages and the offensive accounts, many of which had posted discriminatory and abusive messages.
And a recent survey by the PFA showed that 31 of the 56 flagged posts are still visible and live.
In addition, the PFA provided Twitter with a list of an additional 18 messages posted prior to the reporting period, showing examples of targeted racist abuse targeting players. Fifteen of the 18 tweets are still visible and live.
And the PFA’s director of equality, diversity and inclusion, Simone Pound, slammed Twitter’s response.
They compiled a list of 56 racist and discriminatory tweets targeting players like Wilfried Zaha
The PFA will join English football and the wider sport by disabling their social media accounts
Pound said, “This situation is absolutely unacceptable. While the platforms repeatedly insist that they are committed to fighting online abuse, extreme racist abuse remains visible on Twitter five months after we provide them with clear evidence of offensive content.
“At the time of our latest investigation into online abuse, we sent the account information and relevant abuse directly to Twitter, and nothing is still being done about heinous hatred.
‘Words are not enough. In order for people to believe that social networks are taking this problem seriously, we need to see them address the problem and find solutions. ‘
The PFA will join English football and the wider sport on Friday to shut down their social media accounts until 11:59 PM Monday.