English football will take the mantle to challenge social media companies to prove their seriousness on safeguarding players from the fire-spreading online abuse.
Marcus Rashford, Reece Games, Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Romaine Sawyers are some of the victims subjected to social media abuse in recent days.
For this reason, English football’s key stakeholders will lobby companies such as Twitter and Instagram. This they will do to implement greater self-governance with regards to online abuse. In particular, ensuring all accounts are verified so anyone guilty is identifiable.
Football’s leaders are gearing up for a week of important talks aimed at tackling the huge problem after it was thrust into the spotlight again over the weekend.
The Duke of Cambridge has said racist abuse in football is “despicable” and “must stop”. William, who is also the FA’s president said, “racist abuse whether on the pitch, in the stands, or on social media is despicable. It must stop now”.
“We all have a responsibility to create an environment where such abuse is not tolerated. And those who choose to spread hate and division are held accountable”.
Similarly, after Rashford called out the abuse he had received after United’s draw with Arsenal, Dowden tweeted, “more shocking revelations from @marcusrashford on the scale of racist abuse online”.
“That’s why I organized a round-table with footballers on Monday to discuss how we can use the upcoming Online Harms legislation to tackle this scourge. We must not and will not tolerate this”.
How English Football Will Tackle Social Media Racism
There is a feeling among stakeholders with the Premier League and FA involved that greater restrictions on who can register for social media should be introduced as a matter of urgency. For instance, providing genuine identification.
So far, the social media companies have fallen short of implementing that. Instead, they have shifted their attention to dealing with instances of abuse after they have taken place.
However, key figures are in the belief that not enough work is being done to prevent such instances. The Premier League is therefore expected to send a memo to their clubs this week. This will be done to reinforce their commitment to fighting the problem. It’s also a reminder to members of the mechanisms in place to report abuse including their online system.