Should Social Media Companies Do More to Curb Racism Aimed at Athletes?

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A wave of online racism aimed at some of England’s Black soccer players has highlighted how social media companies’ content moderation systems are failing to monitor the use of emojis.

On July 11, England’s men’s soccer team, playing in their first major tournament final since 1966, fell to Italy on penalties. In the aftermath, a wave of racist abuse was leveled at three Black England players — Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka — and messages on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram included monkey and banana emojis.

Saka later posted a statement to his Twitter followers to thank fans for their support, but also to call out technology companies for failing to curb abuse.

“To the social media platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me, Marcus and Jadon have received this week,” he said. “I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.”

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