Twitter had permanently suspended a user account over racial abuse. The user according to Skyports, is being accused of racially abusing an Arsenal FC player, Eddie Nketiah.
21 year old Nketiah becomes the latest high-profile soccer player in the English Premier League to be so abused on the social media. The abuser was said to have sent him a message in response to a post the Arsenal player posted on Twitter ahead of the club’s Europa League tie against Portuguese club Benfica with the caption “Working with a smile.”
“Racist behaviour has no place on our service and when we identify accounts that violate any of the Twitter Rules, we take enforcement action. The account referenced has been permanently suspended,” a Twitter spokesperson said per Skyports.
Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football summit on Thursday, Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said:
“You really can’t underestimate the impact abuse has on individuals. We have to take this opportunity as a wake-up call. Increasingly this type of abuse towards black players is becoming normalised. I think this a moment in time.
“There is psychological support to our players. Pro-actively track abuse players get. We support our players around when they want to take action and report it to the police. We do a lot. We can’t do this alone. How do you explain to a black footballer that pirated content is taken down in minutes, but not racist abuse?”
Instagram finally announced they will crack down on online abuse by removing accounts that send racist messages and prevent abusers from creating new profiles in the wake of the latest spate of sickening racist attacks on footballers.
While Instagram does not use technology to proactively detect content within DMs, the Facebook-owned app has announced measures to arrest the situation. Instagram said it will start removing abusive accounts, which the company believes will reduce the abuse people get in direct messages.
Content manager at Facebook Fadzai Madzingira said per the Daily Mail: “I am horrified that they have to deal with that sort of abuse and as a company we take it very seriously.
“We’ve always had rules around people who abuse our community standards in Instagram direct messaging, specifically.
“Currently we will set a specific ban or what we call a block for a set amount of time when someone violates those rules and we extend that time should they continue to do so.
“What we’re announcing today is that we’re taking tougher measures on people who violate those rules in Instagram direct messaging, so instead of just extending the time, we’ll be removing the accounts altogether.