Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that he will meet with social media companies to discuss how to tackle online abuse moving forward. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had their social media peppered with racial abuse after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday. The FA released a statement condemning this behaviour. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was disgusted by this behaviour and the perpetrators should be ashamed of themselves. He then revealed that he will be meeting Facebook and Twitter regarding steps to put a stop to such behaviour.
“The Prime Minister opened cabinet by repeating his condemnation of the racist abuse aimed at some of the England team following Sunday’s Euro 2020 final,” the official spokesperson said. “He said the abuse was utterly disgraceful and had emerged from the dark spaces of the internet. He said he would use today’s meeting with social media firms to reiterate the urgent need for action, ahead of tougher laws coming into force through the online harms bill.”
“He added there is no question this kind of abuse is extremely upsetting, unfair and needs to be stamped out,” he added. “I don’t want to preempt what he will say, but we think through the scale and prevalence of racist abuse that social media companies need to up their game to prevent online abuse now.”
The online abuse incident was brought up during the House of Lords. Lord Coaker specifically asked that those who dismissed taking a knee and other protests to racism should be called out.
“The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson) has been absolutely clear that people should feel free to show their respect and condemn racism in whatever way they choose.” Baroness Barran said.