‘Shame on you!’ Racists who use social media to spread hate should be held accountable.
A cyber specialist claims that those who make racist comments on social media sites should be held accountable.
Three penalty takers were racially assaulted following England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday. In the critical shoot-out, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all failed to score, handing Italy the trophy at the expense of Gareth Southgate’s team.
The three was subjected to nasty racist online abuse almost immediately, and the perpetrators’ acts have been widely denounced in the hours following.
Following the appalling abuse, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned social media companies that failing to ban racial abuse might result in a fine of 10% of global turnover.
However, Andy Barrett, UK managing director of cybersecurity consultancy Coalfire, claims that social media corporations are not solely to blame.
“Where we really have to look is to support law enforcement really effectively,” he told this website.
“In my opinion, this is not solely the responsibility of social media; the authorities must be involved, and people must be held legally liable for their actions.
“These folks need to be named and shamed.
“Rather than trying to erase the information with technology, we need to hold individuals accountable.
“That is where I believe the government can help.”
“You will be able to figure out who those folks are if there is a little bit more collaboration with social media platforms and police enforcement,” he stated.
“You’ll be able to say, ‘This guy is a serial offender,’ and ‘Let’s take this to court and press them for a conviction.'”
“It’s a better approach to use our law to be able to use that as a valid source of evidence to prosecute a charge.
“Let us concentrate on how we can change the legislation to make some of this evidence more tangible, to assist police in obtaining convictions, and to name and shame a little more.”
Those guilty of racial abuse on social media, according to the cyber expert, should be the ones “cleaning the streets of the Marcus Rashford memorial,” which was vandalized.
“There has to be a horrible societal consequence for those people,” he continued, “so it doesn’t even cross their minds that they should say it.”
Brinkwire Summary News: “There should be a social punishment.”