• Brighton Remove 100 Abusive Posts

    Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. holds the 16th position in the 2020/2021 season with 32 points. Just like other top clubs, Brighton is fighting against abusive social media users as online hate continues spreading. The Premier League club recently decided to delete 100 posts per week from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and its website. Read on to learn more about the abusive posts on social media.

    Some Clubs Are Posting About LGBT Campaigns

    Some England clubs publish about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) on Facebook and their sites. Even so, the rising number of online abusive posts has forced several clubs to switch off comments. At times, they wish fans happy holidays during religious festivals to reduce online abuse.

    Hector Bellerin, Arsenal's defender recently faced homophobic abuse after supporting the Gay Gooners organization during the Rainbow Laces campaign. Antonio Rudiger and Granit Xhaka got thousands of abusive and hate messages from fans. Soccer fans abused Hector when she spoke about sexuality. He reported them and turned off his Twitter account. The defender received some homophobic messages after playing with Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

    The Lockdown Has Increased Footballers' Online Abuse

    The ongoing lockdown in England has changed the lives of many people. Brighton fans can place bets on online casino Ireland and play various games during this period. A study by Kick It Out reveals that the lockdown has greatly contributed to online abuse as some soccer die-hards feel that they aren't accountable. In an interview with Sportsmail, Sanjay Bhandari stated that he had predicted that online abuse would increase due to the lockdown. Signify conducted a PFA Charity study that shows that close to 50 percent of top soccer players in the EPL are facing racist and targeted abuse.

    Signify ran Project Restart for six weeks and reviewed 825,515 tweets sent about particular players. It found that more than 3,000 messages were explicitly abusive. About 56 percent of discriminatory messages were racist with 29 percent of them being coded in the form of emojis.

    The PFA report had several recommendations including clubs and soccer stakeholders partnering to finance a central AI-driven system that will track abusive web users on social media. Also, Facebook and other social media platforms need to monitor abusive emojis. They can adopt sophisticated technologies to address this challenge.

    Eight football leaders recently accused Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of condoning online abuse. Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive led the group and urged social media platforms to protect officials and players. Paul Barber, Brighton's Chief Executive said that they won't tolerate any form of discrimination and online abuse. He warned abusive fans that Brighton will soon start taking action against them. Football has varying opinions. So, club supporters should be respectful and logical while offering constructive criticism.

    Online abuse is a major challenge for top Premier League clubs today. A few days ago, English football leaders sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter Chief Executive about the increasing online hate on their social media platforms. The leaders claimed that some web users are bored with the lockdown and they are abusing club officials and players to cheer up.


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