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Social media must identify online hate, says English football leader

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The FA’s chief executive Mark Bullingham argues that platforms should implement new technology that helps to identify situations of abuse.

The Football Association (FA) appealed to the main social networks – Facebook , Twitter and Instagram – to reinforce the fight against harassment and hate speech.

The appeal was made after Premier League referee Mike Dean received death threats and several players received racist abuse throughout the season.

“I do think there should be some way in which users are identified. At the moment, they are able to completely avoid any personal responsibility and we think that they have to face up for what they’re doing, in a small number of cases, on social media,” said Football Association CEO Mark Bullingham.

“I think any such attack on any official is completely wrong and we stand against any such abuse,” says Bullingham. “We’ve been very clear that the social media platforms, in this type of abuse and in racial abuse, should be doing more.”

The Football Association believes that in the future social networks should be “held accountable” for the content that is published on their platforms, indicating that they should use new technology to prevent users from being abused.

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