UK warns tech platforms: take action over racist Euros messages

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – saw their profiles flooded with abusive comments

People place messages of support on top of bin liners that were taped over offensive wording on the mural of Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka saw their  social media pages  flooded with racist comments, leading Prime Minister Boris Johnson  and the FA to condemn the “disgusting behaviour”. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

People place messages of support on top of bin liners that were taped over offensive wording on the mural of Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka saw their social media pages flooded with racist comments, leading Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the FA to condemn the “disgusting behaviour”. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

 

Britain warned social media platforms they must take action over racist messages sent to England’s Black soccer players following the Euro 2020 final defeat or they would face consequences.

At least three Black players have been subjected to online racist abuse since the final on Sunday night. The Times reported that the government wants the platforms to provide details of those who made racially abusive comments.

“We need to ensure that those platforms take action and if they don’t, the government will take action against them,” Stephen Barclay, chief secretary to the Treasury, told Sky News. – Reuters