Professional Footballers’ Association calls for Twitter to stop taking the ‘easy option’ on racism
- The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) calls for more decisive actions against discrimination on social media.
- Research showed a 48% increase in racist abuse sent to players on Twitter during the second half of last season and after England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.
- 600 reports of racist comments and 11 arrests have been identified in a hate crime investigation into social media messages targeting Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after the Euro final.
- The PFAs analysis on Twitter uncovered that 75% of 359 accounts on Twitter that sent explicit racist abuse to players were still active on the platform as recently as last month.
- This follows news on Twitter’s failing hateful material policies and criticism of Twitter’s approach to antisemitic tweets.
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