A Twitter survey has revealed that the UK was the main origin for the racist abuses aimed at England players after the Euro 2020 final. England reached the finals of a major tournament for the first time in 55 years. The Three Lions lost the final in a penalty shootout to Italy. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kicks. The trio were flooded with racist abuses across their social media pages immediately after the final.
“On the night of the Euros final, our automated tools kicked in immediately and ensured we identified and removed 1,622 abusive tweets in the 24 hours that followed,” Twitter UK posted after the Euro 2020 final. “Only two percent of the tweets we removed generated more than 1,000 impressions. While many have quite rightly highlighted the global nature of the conversation, it is also important to acknowledge the UK was – by far – the largest country of origin for the abusive tweets we removed.”
“Our data suggest that ID verification would have been unlikely to prevent the abuse from happening – as of the permanently suspended accounts, 99 percent of account owners were identifiable.” the post added. “Since our update in February, we’ve improved our proactive tools to identify racist abuse and removed just under 13,000 tweets – of which 95 percent were identified proactively. Soon, we will be testing a new product feature that temporarily autoblocks accounts using harmful language. There is no place for racist abuse on Twitter. Our aim is always that Twitter is used as a vehicle for every person to communicate safely.”