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MARCUS RASHFORD SAYS PEOPLE BEHIND RACIST ABUSE SHOULD HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS 'DELETED IMMEDIATELY

13.02.2021
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Manchester United player Marcus Rashford has urged social media companies to take stronger action to stop racist abuse, telling them to immediately delete the accounts of those responsible.

The England forward was subjected to online racism following United's 0-0 draw at Arsenal a fortnight ago, comments he described as "humanity and social media at its worst".

And that came amid widespread racist abuse for several high-profile players in both the men's and women's game.

The Premier League, FA, EFL, WSL, Women's Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and Kick It Out all co-signed an open letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, demanding immediate action earlier this week.

Facebook-owned Instagram announced new measures, including the removal of accounts to prevent abusive messages on its platform, while Twitter vowed to work closely with the football community to tackle the problem.

But many have criticised the firms over the length of time it takes them to act when racist abuse is posted and Rashford suggested deleting accounts should be a more straightforward process.