68% of Premier League players have been abused on Twitter

LONDON: Nearly 68% of Premier League footballers were abused on Twitter in the first half of last season, according to a report released Tuesday by the regulator of the media British Ofcom. In collaboration with the British National Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Ofcom, Ofcom found that nearly 60,000 of the more than 2.3 million tweets were sent to Premier League footballers during the first five months of the 2021-2022 season. It was violent. The research revealed that 418 of the 618 players analyzed received at least one offensive tweet, with 8% of the abuse targeting a protected trait, such as race or gender. Nearly half of the offensive messages targeted 12 specific players, who received one media 15 offensive tweets per day. Twitter was chosen for its popularity among gamers and because it makes data searchable, but it is studio it does not take into account existing protective measures. Ofcom prepares to regulate technology companies in under new safety laws online that will introduce rules for sites, apps, search engines and messaging platforms, with the aim of protecting users. “These results highlight the dark side of the beautiful game,” said Kevin Buckhurst, director of broadcast and content online of Ofcom. He added that “the abuse online they have no place in sport or society in general and addressing them requires a collective effort. “” The companies of social media they don’t have to wait for new laws to make their sites and apps safer for users. As we become safety regulators online, technology companies need to be truly open about the steps they are taking to protect users. We expect them to design their services with safety in mind ”. Twitter claimed to have removed more than 38,000 offensive tweets, with a spokesperson for the site confirming to British news agency “BA” that they were “committed” to fighting abuse and had not tolerated harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender. , identity and sexual orientation. (AFP)