After a heartbreaking loss in Sunday’s final. Twitter and Facebook said racially abusive comments were made on members of the England football team. The US social media giant said it was removing racist and hateful content that was condemned by British political leaders. The action came after a stream of abusive messages on Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram directed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, three players who missed England’s penalties on Sunday.
A spokesman for the San Francisco-based short messaging service said: “The racist abuse of England players last night has no place on Twitter.”
“Over the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning-based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended multiple accounts for violating our rules – including Most of the time we found ourselves actively using technology.”
Facebook earlier said in a statement that it “immediately removed comments and accounts that were abusive on England footballers last night and we will continue to take action against those who break our rules”.
“Nothing will fix this challenge overnight, but we are committed to keeping our community safe from abuse,” it said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders expressed dismay at online abuse.
“I share the anger at the racist abuse of our heroic players,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted, warning of online services.
“Social media companies need to step up their game to address this and if they fail, our new online safety bill will hold them accountable with fines of up to 10 percent of global revenue,” he wrote.