Ferdinand acts over online racist abuse

Ferdinand acts over online racist abuse

Ferdinand acts over online racist abuse

Ferdinand acts over online racist abuse

Ferdinand acts over online racist abuse

Anton Ferdinand has questioned whether it will take a tragedy for social media companies to act over online racist abuse.

Former West Ham defender Ferdinand was among a number of ex-players giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into online harm on Wednesday.

He said it was a “disgrace” that abuse he and many others have continued to report has been met with the response rules have not been broken.

“Social media is like a drug,” he said.

“It is built to make you addicted to it. You can’t put it down once you start scrolling.

“There is a mental health issue of not being able to escape it. My worry is, what are the social media companies waiting for?

“Are they waiting for a high-profile footballer to kill themselves, or a member of their family to commit suicide? Is that what they’re waiting for? Because if they’re waiting for that, it’s too late.

“This comes down to if they really want to make change? So far, their words are that they want to, but their actions are different.”

Former footballers Marvin Sordell and Lianne Sanderson were also witnesses at the inquiry, with ex-Watford forward Sordell saying social media offered a “‘free hit to damage people at their very core”.

“We’re heading down a very dangerous path,” he added. “We can’t just wait for something tragic to happen.”

 

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