Twitter Fails To Delete Racist World Cup Related Tweets In The Lead Up To The World Cup

Hate speech has been on the rise since Elon Musk took over Twitter. And a story by The Guardian is underlining that Musk and his lackeys are doing nothing to stop hate speech on the platform:

Tweets hurling racist abuse at footballers, including the N-word, monkey emojis and calls for them to be deported, are not being removed by Twitter.

New research shows the platform failed to act on 99 out of 100 racist tweets reported to it in the week before the World Cup.

Only one was removed after being flagged on Wednesday, a tweet that repeated a racial slur 16 times. All the others remained live this weekend.

The abuse was aimed at 43 players including England stars Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka, who were among several players targeted after the Euro 2020 final.

The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) and seen by the Observer, included 100 tweets reported to Twitter. Of those, 11 used the N-word to describe footballers, 25 used monkey or banana emojis directed at players, 13 called for players to be deported, and 25 attacked players by telling them to “go back to” other countries. Thirteen tweets targeted footballers over their English skills.

The findings come at a turbulent time for Twitter and will fuel concerns about players possibly being targeted during the World Cup.

Now it would be simple to say that Elon has fired all the people who would be responsible for going after this sort of stuff, which means there’s not enough people left to police racism on the platform. But I think that would be simplistic. Going after this sort of thing has to be a top down approach. And clearly there’s nobody at the top who’s making this a priority. Now I’m not saying that Elon is a racist. But it kind of looks that way in the absence of any hard evidence to the contrary. And I’m likely not the only one thinking this. Users are likely thinking this, and likely so are advertisers. And they’re going to make decisions about where they spend their time in the case of the former, or money in the case of the latter accordingly.

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