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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has called on social media companies to immediately remove the accounts of anyone who has used the platform to commit racist abuse.
A common target of racism online, Rashford has been one of the most outspoken players when it comes to this issue, using his platform to repeatedly urge organizations like Facebook and Twitter to do more to defend their users.
Rashford has previously described the abuse as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’, and speaking to Sky Sports News, the United striker insisted that anyone who has abused another should be kicked off the platform, no questions asked.
“Online abuse should be easy to stop, just deactivate the accounts,” he said. “We know that it is very easy to create four or five accounts, but if you have to block them all, then block them all.
“That’s in the social media companies themselves. If they see someone abusing in any way, their account should be deleted immediately, that’s how I would handle it.
“I feel like it doesn’t affect me as much as other people because I’m not actively on social media, so half of the things that happen there, what people say about me and other people, I’m not really aware of and I don’t see it.
“But it is a place that people should enjoy. Ten or 15 years ago it was not there and we are lucky to have it, to be able to connect with people from all over the world and from different cultures and religions. To be used in a negative light. it’s stupid and I hope they can fix that problem and it may be a good place. “
Rashford is one of the many players he’s signed up for recently, with his teammates Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe both victims as well.
There have been two major waves of abuse against Tuanzebe in particular, and Rashford admitted that he sat down with the 23-year-old to offer his support and wisdom.
“I talked to Axel when it happened to him and the way you handle it and the way you move on, this is how you have to show strength and that you are mentally capable of dealing with those things even though you shouldn’t.” “I have to,” Rashford said.
“Axel is a tough boy. It’s not nice to hear such things, but he has recovered. He is always happy, smiling and works hard.”
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