Wednesday 21 August 2019

Twitter won't say what it did to halt racism against Christie

Stock photo: Getty/NurPhoto
Stock photo: Getty/NurPhoto
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Social media website Twitter is refusing to say how it dealt with racist abuse levelled against Irish international Cyrus Christie.

The website has insisted it won't comment on whether it identified and shut down accounts sending the content to the player, citing issues of privacy and security.

Instead, it referred the Irish Independent to the general guidelines it has in relation to "hateful" conduct.

Earlier this week, it emerged Christie has been subjected to vile abuse following Ireland's loss to Denmark in the World Cup play-off qualifier. However, it is understood the abuse has been going on for some time.

A source had originally suggested Christie had not made a complaint to Twitter, but it is now understood the FAI has made a number of complaints to the company on his behalf.

Twitter yesterday pointed to guidelines which apparently put the onus on the victim of abuse to report the accounts which are sending it. The policy also suggests the victim will be asked to compile more evidence.

Irish Independent

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