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The PFA has angrily hit out at Twitter and Facebook for claiming footballers should simply block racists.
The Professional Footballers’ Association accused the social media companies of betraying the players it indicated it was ready to protect in meetings last year.
A strongly-worded PFA statement read: “During our initial meetings with the social networks, they advised us that players could block content that they find offensive.
“We do not believe the onus should be on an individual to manage the racism they receive.
“With the scale of racist abuse happening on their platforms, we are publicly asking why Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will not prevent users from being able to send explicitly racist terms and emojis?
“There is no context in which some words are acceptable.
“These steps won’t banish all racist abuse, but it would be a start, demonstrating that the platforms value the diverse membership of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram’s communities.
“While racist abuse is allowed to continue on each platform, we can only conclude that this is a choice by the companies running the social networks.”
Rashford responded to the abuse he received by describing it as: “Humanity and social media at its worst.”
He added: “Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am.
“No one, or no one comment is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.
“I’m not sharing screenshots. It would be irresponsible to do so and as you can imagine there’s nothing original in them.
“I have beautiful children of all colours following me and they don’t need to read it. Beautiful colours that should only be celebrated.”
A spokesperson for Facebook, who own Instagram, told Sky Sports News: “There is no place for racism on Instagram and we are committed to removing it when we find it.
“We have taken action in this case by removing accounts and comments and are continuing to investigate.
“We know there is more to do and we will continue to work closely with clubs, players and football authorities to investigate instances of discrimination and collectively tackle this issue.”
A Twitter spokesperson said they have clear policies on abusive behaviour and hateful conduct and take action when they identify violations.
In a statement, Twitter added: “Racist behaviour has no place on our service and when we identify accounts that violate any of the Twitter Rules, we take enforcement action.”
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