On the United Nations International Day for Countering hate speech FIFA published a report revealing the increase in insults received by footballers on social media platforms.
Through artificial intelligence tracked over 400,000 posts in social networks at the time the phases were played semi-finals and finals of Euro 2020 and the African Cup of Nations.
There they revealed that more than 50 percent of the players they were subjected to some kind of discriminatory insults. The vast majority of users involved come from the same nations as the footballer attacked in each case.
40% of hate speech relieved belong to comments homophobic and 38% were racist messages.
FIFA’s proposal against violence on networks
The figures alarmed the FIFA and FIFPRO will therefore implement a specific moderation plan for men’s and women’s soccer tournaments.
The objective is to recognize in the networks hate speech and, after detecting them, prevent the user’s followers from seeing the publication.
“Even though the offending message is still visible to the person who posted the comment, its visibility and range will be greatly reduced.” they explain from the organizations.
The FIFA President, Giani Infantinoexplained that they have “the obligation to protect football and that begins with the footballers, who give us all so much joy and happiness with their exploits on the pitch.”
He also considered “unacceptable” violence against players, coaches, referees and teams. “It is a form of discrimination that has no place in football”he exclaimed.