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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Facebook reacts after Raheem Sterling is racially abused on Instagram less than 48 hours after premier league ended social media boycott

 

Facebook reacts after Raheem Sterling is racially abused on Instagram less than 48 hours after premier league ended social media boycott

Manchester City and England footballer, Raheem Sterling has been racially abused on Instagram less than 48 hours after English football’s social media boycott finished.


The abuse came just after City’s Champions League semi-final triumph over Paris St Germain.


English football organized a social media boycott last week in order to stand up against racism, but it seems that the acts of racist abuse against black players still continues.


With Raheem Sterling's latest abuse, Facebook has now reacted, condemning the perpetrators.


A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: “The racist abuse sent to Raheem Sterling is unacceptable and we do not want it on Instagram.


“We have removed the comment and taken action against the account that posted it.


“As part of our ongoing work in this space, we’ll soon be rolling out new tools to help prevent people seeing abusive messages from strangers.


“No single thing will fix this challenge overnight but we’re committed to doing what we can to keep our community safe from abuse.”

 

Sterling has previously been the target of abuse on social media .

 

A study commissioned by the Professional Footballers’ Association published last October looked at social media posts directed towards 44 players during the ‘Project Restart’ period of last season.


It found more than 3,000 explicitly abusive messages were directed at those players publicly via Twitter, with 50 per cent of those messages aimed at just three players – Adebayo Akinfenwa, Wilfried Zaha and Sterling.

 

 

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