The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) criticized Twitter for its “unacceptable” response to abusive messages aimed at professional players, which remained visible and live on the platform.
A PFA investigation found that out of 56 racist and discriminatory tweets reported to Twitter by the PFA in November last year, more than half (31) are still visible.
In another study, 15 of the 18 other abusive tweets reported on Twitter were still live this month. Sky Sports News reached out to Twitter for comment.
Commenting on the results, Simone Pound, PFA Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “This situation is absolutely unacceptable.
“While the platforms repeatedly stress that they are doing all they can to tackle online abuse, extreme racist abuse remains visible on Twitter five months after we provided them with clear evidence of abusive content.
“At the time of our last online abuse study, we sent account details and relevant abuse directly to Twitter, and there is still inaction on the horrific hate.
“Words are not enough.
“For people to believe that social media takes this problem seriously, we need to see them tackle the problem and find solutions.”
PFA releases social media guide for players in the battle against online hate
On Thursday, the PFA reaffirmed its commitment to demand a safer space for online gamers and released a comprehensive set of guidelines on how to deal with hate and abuse online and how the PFA will support those who suffer from it.
The PFA is one of multiple organizations including Sky Sports, FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and FSA. , who will unite in a social media boycott starting Friday. See you on Monday, as social media companies urged to do more to end hate online.
Ahead of this weekend, the PFA released a guide for its members, outlining its commitments and offering tips on how to report abuse and manage online experiences.
“With a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behavior is unacceptable.”
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“Social media can be a fantastic way to stay connected, and the PFA understands that many of our members use their platforms to uplift and support others and positively engage with their fans,” it read.
“However, we continue to see high levels of racist incidents and other forms of online abuse targeting professional gamers, despite the issue being repeatedly highlighted on social media by gamers,” the fans and the PFA.
“We know from the testimonies of our members that online hate causes trauma and that a player’s mental health can be profoundly affected by online abuse.
“The impact of abuse can also extend to impressionable family members and fans, with many players and their families publicly sharing how isolated they felt as a result of abusive incidents.
“The PFA is committed to empowering social media and will continue to demand a safer space for players.”
Among the guidelines, the PFA pledged to speak on behalf of the players, protect professional football players facing discrimination and make the player’s voice heard.
The PFA also offers the free and confidential support of a network of advisers if a player experiences racist abuse, as well as representation throughout any investigation that may arise from an incident of discriminatory abuse during a match. .
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