Twitter’s push to beat hate trolls ‘not enough’
Football leaders have expressed cynicism over Twitter’s “charm offensive” with the Premier League and governing bodies in the wake of racist troll attacks.
The social media giant met officials from the Football Association, England’s top tier, and the EFL yesterday to discuss the surge of recent abuse against players. While the FA described the summit as “productive and positive”, two sources who attended previous meetings expressed dissatisfaction that no firm pledges had been offered. One told The Daily Telegraph that the website is refusing to accept it should launch identification checks on new accounts.
“It’s a charm offensive, but there doesn’t seem to be any clear plan to eradicate the problem,” he said.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma have been targeted on social media platforms in recent weeks and their manager, Frank Lampard, was sceptical on learning of the Twitter meetings.
“I don’t know if that’s progression,” he said. “I think progression is action. People shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind another name, another persona and say anything about anyone.
“Lots and lots of things are said about players, people in the spotlight, day-in, day-out and I can’t stand it. It’s not right, so let’s see what the action is from their end.”