Police apologize to Arnaut Danjuma and Facebook after administrative blunder meant Instagram could not provide information about the account targeting Bournemouth star with Islamophobic abuse
- Bournemouth was furious with the social media platforms Instagram and Twitter
- They have not provided them with information about accounts targeting players
- Dorset police confirmed the requests were denied but have now apologized to Arnaut Danjuma for the abuse he received
- Due to an administrative error, the relevant information could not be provided
Dorset police have apologized to Arnaut Danjuma and Bournemouth’s Facebook for a clerical error that meant the Dutchman’s online abuser escaped potential prosecution.
On Wednesday, Sportsmail revealed that the Cherries were furious with the social media platforms Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, and Twitter for failing to provide them with the relevant information about two accounts targeting Junior Stanislas and Danjuma for racist and religious abuse.
Dorset police issued a statement to this newspaper confirming that their requests for information had been rejected by the technology giants.
Dorset police have apologized to Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma after error meant his online abuser escaped potential prosecution
Bournemouth was outraged on Instagram and Twitter after failing to provide them with relevant information on two accounts
But in a new statement released late Thursday night, police have been forced to admit that the reason Instagram was unable to provide them with the necessary information about Danjuma’s account targeting Islamophobic abuse was due to their own mistake.
A spokesman said: ‘Dorset Police Department released a statement to the Daily Mail on Wednesday April 28, 2021 regarding two reports of racially aggravated malicious communications received by two AFC Bournemouth players.
The first part of this statement remains accurate, but Facebook has pointed out to us that there were inaccuracies in the second incident in which they were involved.
After taking a closer look, it was determined that the report was initially sent to the wrong social media company.
The two accounts targeted Junior Stanislas (left) and Danjuma for racial and religious abuse
As a result of this administrative error, Facebook would not have been able to provide us with the necessary data and information. We would like to publicly apologize to AFC Bournemouth, their player and Facebook and are sorry for any impact this has caused.
‘We conducted an internal review to establish any lessons and we will continue to liaise with Facebook on this matter.
‘It is important to emphasize that the Dorset Police Department condemns all forms of hate crimes and we are committed to continuing to work with local football clubs and social media companies to investigate these crimes and ensure that victims are supported.
Regarding the incident involving Danjuma, the original statement by Dorset police was: ‘It was re-reported that another AFC Bournemouth player had received racially aggravated malicious communication on another social media site on Thursday 11 March 2021.
Police now acknowledge that Instagram was unable to provide them with the necessary information due to their own mistake
An inquiry was made again and the following day timely information about the account in question was submitted to the relevant social media platform.
Following a resubmission, we received a response on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, stating that the data in question had been removed from that account because it had been more than 30 days.
‘Without this information, officials would not have been able to conduct further investigations and the investigations have now been completed. As with any research, we will explore new lines of research should they emerge in the future. ‘