Twit­ter’s push to beat hate trolls ‘not enough’

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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.”

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