Kick It Out has applied pressure on Twitter to combat racism towards footballers on social media, despite the platform claiming they have taken action against 700 ‘hateful’ tweets.
Following a meeting between anti-racism group Kick It Out and Twitter last week aimed at tackling the recent spate of discriminatory posts towards a number of high-profile players, the social media site outlined how they plan to tackle the issue.
In a statement released yesterday, Twitter said it would participate in the PFA’s player training programme, and will be joining a series of educational sessions to support the players union’s ambition to help eradicate racism.
Twitter will also hold further talks with UK police to provide training on their own policies and how to use their reporting channels for discriminatory tweets.
They also revealed that in the past two weeks, Twitter ‘has taken action on more than 700 examples of abuse and hateful conduct related to UK football’. However, this represents just seven per cent of reported cases.