Twitter have released a full statement following the racist abuse Paul Pogba received on the social media platform on Monday night.
Pogba is one of many players to be abused on the platform, and was targeted after his penalty miss against Wolves at Molineux.
There have been calls for Twitter to start regulating their platform further, as people have too much freedom to send racist or hateful messages.
New United signing Harry Maguire demanded the platform makes a change, making it easier to target the trolls who are spouting the abuse.
Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it… Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people. @Twitter @instagram https://t.co/bzow073aTw
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 20, 2019
The Twitter statement, as quoted by Yahoo reads “We’re fully aware of and share the concerns surrounding online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK over recent days.
“We strongly condemn this unacceptable behaviour, and have now permanently suspended a series of accounts for violating our hateful conduct policy.
“We’re proactively monitoring the conversation online and will continue taking robust action on any account which violates our rules.
“This is a societal issue and requires a societal response.”
“This is why we maintain a dialogue with both the PFA and Kick it Out and are committed to working together to address abusive online and racist behaviour across the industry”
“We continue to liaise closely with our partners to identify meaningful solutions to this unacceptable behaviour – both offline and on.”
It’s encouraging to see the accounts in question are being immediately taken down, but surely more has to be done to stop people having such easy access to post racist tweets.
There are a vile minority of fans who continue to poison the platform which can make Twitter a toxic platform at times.
But as Twitter point out in their statement above, the issue is not consigned to social media and racism is part of a wider societal problem that must be tackled.