Aug 10, 2021

Social media abuse: Twitter says UK 'by far' main origin of comments after Euro 2020 final

Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were all racially abused on social media after England's Euro 2020 final loss to ItalyMarcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were abused after missing in the penalty shootout loss to Italy. For sending racist social media messages after the final, with almost four times more of the criminal comments being posted by people overseas than in the UK.However, Twitter said: "While many have quite rightly highlighted the global nature of the conversation, it is also important to acknowledge the UK was - by far - the largest country of origin for the abusive tweets we removed." "Since our update in February, we've improved our proactive tools to identify racist abuse and removed just under 13,000 Tweets - of which 95% were identified proactively," Twitter added. There have been numerous calls from within football for social media companies to take more action against discrimination on their platforms. New research showed a 48% rise in racist abuse sent to players on the social media platform during the second half of last season, and that the majority of accounts that sent the abuse were still on Twitter as recently as last month.

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