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Boris Johnson to meet with social media companies over online abuse

Tue 13 July 2021 | 18:18

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a meeting with social media companies to discuss possible ways to tackle online abuse.

Marcus Rashford

,

Jadon Sancho

, and

Bukayo Saka

who missed their penalties in the Euro 2020 final have been the subject of racist comments on social media pages since the match.

The prime minister told a meeting of the cabinet that the attacks on Euro 2020 penalty-takers were “utterly disgraceful” and had emerged “from the dark spaces of the internet”.

"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 Prime Minister's official spokesperson said

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"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."

Asked what the Prime Minister would ask social media firms to do, the PMOS said:

"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."


source: SportMob

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