Tyrone Mings revealed that racist trolls at Euro 2020 would get bored if their posts were less visible. Recently, Mings joined West Ham player Michail Antonio to discuss the online abuse issue. He feels that the sharing of posts of racial abuse increases their popularity. If these posts are not allowed to share the defender feels this hate will reduce.
“When you filter (your social media accounts) better, and you stop people being able to see it as much, trolls will get bored – they just want to trigger you.” Tyrone Mings said about the racist trolls at Euro 2020.
His Premier League colleague felt that use of certain words should trigger a response of social media companies. Such posts should be reviewed and the account should be banned if deemed necessary.
“Why can you not have words that literally send an alert straight to Instagram, so you can’t physically type that word into the platform?” Antonio said. “As soon as it comes up, it sends an alert and then accounts get blocked instantly. I feel like that should be the answer and that should be an easy thing to be done.”
“At games, it should be points deducted. I don’t think fines or anything is good enough. I think points deducted is when fans start dealing with it themselves,” he added.
A month ago a number of social media accounts in football observed a blackout for a week in protest of racist online abuse. The authorities have written to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter calling their platforms a haven for abuse.