Twitter deletes 1,900 racist tweets against UK stars
Twitter has succeeded in deleting more than 1,900 racist and offensive tweets against UK players following the defeat of the European Championship “Euro 2020”, with Marcus Rashford, Jadan Sancho and Pugio Saga being subjected to racist abuse online after failing to pay fines. The final against Italy at Wembley last month.
The British newspaper, Mail Online, added that Twitter had identified and removed 1,622 tweets during the final match and in the 24 hours following the match.
He explained that although police said nearly four times as many criminal comments were made from abroad, most attack tweets were sent from the UK.
Twitter noted that racism is a “deep social problem” that continues offline, but acknowledged that it needs to do a better job of securing its platform, stressing the need for more joint action with the state and football administration.
In response to the incident, Twitter plans to quickly identify and eliminate racist and offensive tweets ‘targeting the England team and broader Euro talks’ ahead of the match.
The site and others have been accused of being slow to respond and remove online abuse, but Twitter, as a result of these plans, had 2% of tweets deleted after the end before removing more than 1,000 posts or views.
Twitter has confirmed that it will continue to work to ensure that this type of content does not reach large numbers of people before it is removed.