By Eric King-
Labour Mp Diane Abbott has condemned twitter for shirking their duty to address racism on their platform. The Labour Mps atatck on twitter was indirectly made, and presented to include any social media network guilty of neglecting their duty to combat racism and other forbidden offences on their platform accused social networking companies for “shirking their responsibilities” in relation to removing racist content, an issue she has raised before in the past.
The Labour Mp who has been on the receiving end of racist and unfair treatment herself on twitter, was re-iterating an issue that cannot be said enough. Her attack follows the discovery of numerous abusive content on Twitter up to five years after being posted.
Abbott herself has been the victim of consistent racial abuse on the platform after being highlighted as being on the receiving end of extreme racial and mysogystic abuse. Her comments adds pressure to social media networks who will be subject to the actions of a new regulator to be established by the British Government in November, aimed at holding online platforms responsible for hate crime and other infringements on their platform.
The Eye Of Media.Com conducted an investigation into the racist abuses directed at her on twitter, also looking into the irresponsibility of the press in the manner they reported her account of the experience on a British daytime programme. Analysis of her her treatment by internet trolls and the press has been privately run through a selection of social workers, lawyers, and press regulator Ipso, in search for a thorough analysis in addition to recommendation for the future.
Objections and recommendations are forming part of report to be sent to Ipso, twitter itself, and some sections of the press over the serious incidence. Other factors raised by some lawyers into the causal element of her treatment faced criticism behind the scenes, and a separate plans for an overall assessment into the MPs professional competence has faced some strong opposition from some quarters associated with some mebers of this publication’s thinktank. It remains under review, and nearly completed.
Abbott has again come out to attack social media networks for leaving racist content on their platform undeleted years after it was originally posted. Her comments suggest a reckless or deliberate inaction on the part of social media networks, which can be interpreted as showing them to lack real principles whilst trying to be effetive businessmen.
The Labour MP said:
“They could act quicker to block and remove material and ban the abusers. They clearly shift into gear faster when it is issues of commercial copyright.”
Her comments come after the Press Association discovered dozens of racially abusive tweets targeting football players such as Raheem Sterling. Racists posts discovered on twitter this week include on about Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, describing him as a “f****** cotton picking n*****”, while another aimed at England’s Sterling during Euro 2016 described him as “just a typical c**n all pace no brain”.
Abbott was speaking to online publication BT when she attacked the British Government has been “extremely slow to act” on the issue of online abuse.
“We will have to wait and see if their latest plans mean they really have abandoned their cosy relationship with the internet giants,” she said.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We cannot allow the leaders of some of the tech companies to simply look the other way and deny their share of responsibility even as content on their platforms incites criminality, abuse and even murder.”
A Twitter spokesman said to BT: “At Twitter, our primary objective is to serve and improve the health of the public conversation.
“This means surfacing more quality, credible content, building new policies and safety tools, and tackling issues such as abuse which detract from the health of the public conversation.”
The company claims to have introduced scores of changes to make the service safer, including investment in better machine learning technology to help us proactively limit the spread of abusive content”.