English football bodies have reportedly come together to send an open letter to Facebook and Twitter demanding action amid increased levels of abuse aimed at footballers and officials on social media.
According to EveningStandard, In recent weeks there has been a rise in players suffering racist abuse online, with Swansea midfielder Yan Dhanda the latest to be targeted on Wednesday night, and English football bodies have called for action.
In an open letter addressed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey – signed by the heads of the FA, Premier League, English Football League (EFL), women’s professional game, Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), League Managers Association (LMA), Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) and Kick It Out – they claim that social media platforms “remain havens for abuse”.
England’s football bodies have called for a meeting to resolve the matter and have identified four key areas that need addressing.
They believe messages and posts should be filtered and blocked before being sent or published if they contain racist or discriminatory material, while adding that Facebook and Twitter should “operate robust, transparent, and swift measures to take down abusive material if it does get into circulation”.
The united front of bodies also state that users should be subject to an improved verification process that, if required by law enforcement, allows for them to be accurately identified, while they also say that Facebook and Twitter should “actively and expeditiously” aid investigating authorities.
On Wednesday, Instagram, who are owned by Facebook, announced they will be taking “tougher action” to tackle abuse on the platform.