Worrying FIFA report: At least half of football players are harassed on social media

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A study conducted in conjunction with FIFPRO provided detailed information on the violence experienced on these platforms, and therefore the measures for the 2022 Qatar World Cup have been announced.

Many teams and leagues have adopted this form of protest against apartheid (Reuters)
Many teams and leagues have adopted this form of protest against apartheid (Reuters)

This Saturday, Fifa published an independent report. United Nations International Day Against Hate Speech exposing the growth of harassment against football players on social media platforms during international tournaments. Given this, the body works together FIFPRO coordinating and implementing a plan for how to protect the professional footballers association, teams, players, officials and fans from such attacks. Qatar World Cup.

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Report used artificial intelligence to monitor More than 400,000 posts on social media during the semi-finals and final stages of Euro 2020 and Africa Cup of Nations 2021 . It was detected in the obtained sample. more than 50% of athletes have experienced some form of discriminatory harassment , and most of this abuse came from the homeland of football players. Homophobic (40%) and racist (38%) comments made up the majority, and many of them continue to be posted on originally targeted accounts.

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As an answer, FIFA and FIFPRO will launch a dedicated tournament moderation service for men’s and women’s football that will screen for prominent hate speech posted on select social media accounts and when detected, it prevents the recipient and their followers from seeing that comment. Although the offending message may be visible to the person who made the first comment, its visibility and reach will be significantly reduced.

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“Our job is to protect football and that starts with players whose success on the field brings so much joy and happiness to all of us,” he said. Fifa , Giani Infantino . “Unfortunately, a trend is developing on social media channels where a certain percentage of posts directed at players, coaches, referees and the teams themselves are unacceptable, and this form of discrimination, like any form of discrimination, has its place in football””.

Regarding the measures, the Italian-Swiss noted:This detection is not just there to protect football and avoid the harmful effects these posts can cause. but also to educate current and future generations who interact with our sport on social media and the playground. We hope that by coming together on this issue, social media platforms will do the same and actively support us to be a part of the solution.”

Gianni Infantino announces that they will try to prevent the spread of abuse on social networks (Reuters)
Gianni Infantino announces that they will try to prevent the spread of abuse on social networks (Reuters)

On his behalf, the President FIFPRO , David Aganzo . In conjunction with our latest report, which we published with other player associations, a number of player unions have done great work on this and it gives us plenty of insight as we address this issue in the future.. Research as in these reports is critical, but action must be taken to provide prevention and correction. We are pleased that this cooperation with FIFA is a constructive step in that direction.”

Thanks to this partnership, Fifa Y FIFPRO They will also develop educational support for all players participating in FIFA tournaments in 2022 and 2023, including best practice tips and mental health tips for managing their social media accounts, and will implement the moderation service while these competitions are held.

Source: Info Bae

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