Zurich (Switzerland) (AFP) – On Saturday, the International Football Association (FIFA) published a report on the increase in insults against footballers on social media during international competitions, and presented a plan to combat this.
The International Federation said in a press statement that it will work with the Professional Players Association “FIFPro” five months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18) to “coordinate and implement a plan on how the teams , players and players.” , referees and fans of the insults that spread on social media during the international competition.”
The new report, published on Saturday, coincided with the United Nations’ International Day to Combat Hate Speech, which used artificial intelligence to track more than 400,000 posts on social media platforms during the semi-finals and finals of two international competitions. (the European Cup last summer and the African Cup of Nations earlier this year), it appears that more of the 50% of players who have received some form of discriminatory abuse come from their own country.”
The statement added that homophobic (40%) and racially discriminatory (38%) comments made up the majority of those abuses.
In response, FIFA and Fifpro will launch a special software service in moderation-related men and women’s tournaments. The service will scan hate speech posted on identified social media accounts and, once detected, hide it from offended players and their followers The abuser remains visible to those who published it and to his followers, but its distribution and visibility decreases significantly.
“It is our duty to protect football, and that starts with protecting the players who bring us all so much joy and happiness from playing football,” said Swiss-Italian FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“Unfortunately, there is a growing trend of unacceptable comments directed at players, coaches, match officials and teams on social media channels. This form of discrimination, like any other form of discrimination, has no place in football.”
“FIFA and FIFPro understand the importance of taking a stance and adding what is being monitored on social media to what is already being monitored in the stadiums. We want to take action, not just talk, and so we take concrete measures to tackle the problem immediately.”
“The goal of this effort is not only to protect football and prevent the harmful effects of these offensive comments, but also to educate future generations who participate in football events on social media and on the field. We expect that through this issue Together, social media platforms will be the same and strongly supports us to be part of the solution.”
FIFPro President David Aganso Mendes said: “This partnership reflects football’s responsibility to protect players and other affected groups from the abuse they increasingly face in and around their workplaces. This type of abuse has a significant impact on their personalities. , their families, their achievements as well as their well-being and mental health.”.
“Online abuse is a social problem, and we as a football sector cannot accept that this new form of abuse and discrimination affects so many people, including our players. Many players’ associations have done a very good job of this, which we add Our latest report, jointly launched with other player associations, has a lot of ideas to tackle this problem in the future.”
“Doing research to produce such reports is critical, but should lead to action to provide prevention and treatment. We are delighted that this partnership with FIFA is a constructive step in that direction.”
Through this partnership, FIFA and FIFPro will also develop educational support, including advice on best practices for managing accounts on social media platforms and mental health advice for all players participating in FIFA competitions in 2022 and 2023, and the moderation service will be provided during these leagues are used .
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