Instagram said it will disable accounts that repeatedly send racist messages after soccer players in England expressed anger about being targeted with abuse.
The British government has also put pressure on social media companies, including Instagram owner Facebook, to do more to remove racists from their platforms.
Facebook pledged to disable accounts that send direct messages with abuse but declined to say why it had decided to act now, when players had been asking for tougher action for years. Players in England boycotted social media for 24 hours in 2019.
“We have always been committed to tackling hate and racism on our platform, it’s an issue we take very seriously,” Facebook content policy manager Fadzai Madzingira said in a statement.
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