After Bukayo Saka missed a penalty for England’s national team in the final of the European Football Championship on Sunday, he and several teammates were overwhelmed by a wave of racial abuse.
People posted monkey emojis and racist nicknames on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to insult Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, all black players who missed their penalties the shootout against rival Italy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince William and others were quick to condemn the ugly outburst of racist comments, particularly against a team that had become symbols of England’s racial diversity.
On Thursday, 19-year-old Saka spoke for the first time since the final on Sunday. In one statement On Twitter, he condemned the online bigotry that he and his teammates faced. After saying how disappointed and sad he was with the loss, Saka targeted Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and urged them to do more to combat the abuse.
“On the social media platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I do not want children or adults to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that I, Marcus and Jadon received this week,” wrote Saka. “I knew immediately what kind of hatred I was going to receive, and it’s a sad reality that your powerful platforms aren’t doing enough to stop this news.”
Saka’s comments added to the growing demands on the platforms to take action against hate speech.
Wednesday, Mr. Johnson said He had warned representatives from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Snapchat that they would face fines under planned UK online safety legislation if they did not remove hate speech and racism from their platforms.
The English Football Association also published one statement “Social media companies need to step up and take responsibility and take action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution, and help rid the platforms of this type of heinous abuse.”
Facebook and Twitter have struggled with this for a long time Hate speech on their platforms. Last year, during the Black Lives Matter movement and just months before the presidential election, civil rights groups did Calling advertisers to boycott Facebook when she stopped doing more to combat toxic speech and misinformation on her website.
The issue became particularly heated in the last year leading up to the presidential election when President Donald J. Trump spread falsehoods about the vote and veiled threats against lawmakers. In January, after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, Twitter and Facebook banned Mr Trump from their speaking platforms, which they said had the potential to incite more violence.
Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comments on Saka’s post.