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No action will be taken by Instagram against a user who sent sectarian messages to Celtic defender Shane Duffy and made fun of his father’s death, the social media company told Sky Sports News.

Duffy shared a series of posts online in February, commenting, “There is abuse, which is good, but surely there is a limit.”

Instagram has since concluded that this was an isolated incident as the user deleted the posts and later apologized.


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The social media platform also renewed its commitment to root out online abuse, promising to impose tougher penalties for online abuse, including deleting accounts.

Duffy was the latest in a long line of professional footballers to receive abuse online, with his Republic of Ireland international teammate James McClean also recently sharing threats sent to him on social media.

Meanwhile, Instagram restricted posts from the account holder who posted a comment to Aberdeen forward Florian Kamberi saying, “I can’t wait for the day you die.”

In this case, if that user violates Instagram community standards again, their account will be deleted.

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Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett said social media users forced to report personal information could deter potential abusers

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