England’s Premier League and several other top football bodies called for an online clampdown on harmful messages directed at players on Thursday. In a joint letter, the organizations asked Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey to “use the power of your global systems to bring this to an end.” The letter warns that racist messages on social media have piled towards footballers in recent weeks. “We have had many meetings with your executives over the years, but the reality is your platforms remain havens for abuse. Your inaction has created the belief in the minds of the anonymous perpetrators that they are beyond reach,” the letter said. “The language used is debasing, often threatening and illegal.” The heads of the football bodies appealed to “basic human decency” in their message to Zuckerberg and Dorsey. Institutions including the English Football Association, Premier League, European League of Football, Professional Footballers Association and Kick It Out, a campaign for equality in football, signed the letter. Kick It Out said on Twitter that the harmful content targeting footballers was “just an example of the hate that spreads on these platforms.” Manchester United players Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial are… Read full this story
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