Prime Minister Boris johnson revealed that social media companies could be slapped with huge fines if they don’t remove abuse. They are extending ban orders in wake of the recent abuse received by three England players who missed a penalty in the shootout of the Euro 2020 final. He warned companies that they could be fined 10 percent of their global revenue if they did not make the necessary arrangements.
“Last night I met representatives of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, and I made it absolutely clear to them that we will legislate to address this problem in the Online Harms Bill.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. “And unless they get hate and racism off their platforms, they will face fines amounting to 10 percent of their global revenues – we all know they have the technology to do it.”
“I utterly condemn and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on Sunday night,” he added. So what we are doing is taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning regime is changed so that if you are guilty of racist abuse online on football, then you will not be going to the match. No ifs, no buts, no exemptions, no excuses.”
The banning orders will allow individuals that are found guilty of racial abuse to be banned from stadiums in the UK. At the moment there are provisions in place but they do not cover any online incidents. Johnson backed home secretary Priti Patel to help the situation. She had labelled the England players taking a knee as “gesture politics” at the start of Euro 2020.
“The Home Secretary has faced racism and prejudice all her career of a kind he can never imagine. And she has taken practical steps to get black and minority officers in record numbers,” the Prime Minister said.