Twitter accused of not dealing with gay hate

Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused the social media website of not dealing with racism, homophobia and sexism

Twitter accused of not dealing with gay hate
22 January 2014

Twitter is being accused of not dealing with homophobic by former soccer star Stan Collymore.

After being targeted by internet trolls on account of his race, he has said the social media website has become a ‘vacuum’ for hatred.

The broadcaster retweeted several offensive messages he received after suggesting Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have earned a penalty after diving in Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.

Writing to his half a million Twitter followers, Collymore said: ‘In the last 24 hours, I’ve been threatened with murder several times, demeaned on my race, and many of these accounts are still active. Why?’

He later added: ‘I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic/sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK.’

In another tweet he wrote: ‘Several Police forces have been fantastic. Twitter haven’t. Dismayed.’

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Collymore said gay people had contacted him on Twitter saying they had received ‘horrific abuse’ on the website.

‘All it’s doing is providing a vacuum for anti-semitic abuse, racist abuse, homophobic abuse, sexist abuse, anti-disability abuse,’ he said.

Staffordshire Police confirmed it was investigating into the tweets.

Twitter said it took action against targeted abuse that was reported to it.



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