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Entertainment'We will no longer engage with trolls' say Lineker, Riley and Khan

07:05  16 september  2019
07:05  16 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Lineker said : " We 've all been shocked by the way in which racist trolls have been targeting footballers recently. "It is frankly horrifying that they have "By ignoring, muting or blocking the trolls we can deny them the reactions they seek, while government and social media companies must up their game to

Lineker said : “ We ’ve all been shocked by the way in which racist trolls have been targeting footballers recently. “It is frankly horrifying that they have done so “By ignoring, muting or blocking the trolls we can deny them the reactions they seek, while government and social media companies must up their

'We will no longer engage with trolls' say Lineker, Riley and Khan © Reuters Gary Lineker urges the public to 'show online trolls the red card' Ex-England striker Gary Lineker, Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and London mayor Sidiq Khan are among a group of celebrities, politicians and campaigners who have pledged not to publicise the abuse they receive on social media from trolls.

They have been convinced by new research that suggests hate speech is being inadvertently spread through social media when insults, put-downs or worse are quoted or shared.

They will instead report the worst cases of abuse to police, while sending lesser examples to social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to put pressure on them to act.

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By refusing to respond, they believe it will starve trolls of a wider audience.

'We will no longer engage with trolls' say Lineker, Riley and Khan © Reuters Chelsea's Tammy Abraham was targeted by racist comments after he missed a penalty in the European Super Cup The move targets those using social media to spread racist, sexist, xenophobic and other hateful messaging through retweets and public shaming.

Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, with 7.4 million Twitter followers, says he is determined to "show online trolls the red card" after seeing the racist abuse directed at young black footballers.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, said his mother was in tears after reading a torrent of racist comments targeted at him after he missed a decisive penalty in the European Super Cup against Liverpool last month.

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Ex-England striker Gary Lineker , Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and London mayor Sidiq Khan are among a group of celebrities, politicians and campaigners who have pledged not to publicise the abuse they receive on social media from trolls . They have been convinced by new research that

Fellow England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford suffered a similar backlash after missing a spot kick against Crystal Palace in a league match this season.

'We will no longer engage with trolls' say Lineker, Riley and Khan © Getty Rachel Riley has received antisemitic abuse

Lineker said: "We've all been shocked by the way in which racist trolls have been targeting footballers recently.

"It is frankly horrifying that they have done so in a calculated way to spread their abhorrent views. Let's not allow the beautiful game to be tarnished in this way.

"Everyone across the sporting world will be grateful for this guide on how we can show online trolls the red card. Don't rise to the bait, block the trolls and take some time out."

Jewish TV personality Riley, a former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, has been on the receiving of antisemitic abuse.

She said the experience had "totally changed the way I interact on Twitter".

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' We will no longer engage with trolls ' say Lineker , Riley and Khan . " We will continue to look at ways we can provide this data, as long as it doesn't compromise people's privacy." A government spokesman said : " We are developing world-leading plans to make the UK a safer place to be online.

' We will no longer engage with trolls ' say Lineker , Riley and Khan . Social media summit: Will it produce real results? Javed Khan , chief executive at Barnardo's, said they had " long called for new laws to protect children online, just as we do offline, so they can learn, play and communicate safely".

"I now block trolls as common practice and have changed my settings to avoid seeing much of their output, which has made life much better from a mental health standpoint and, vitally, is not inadvertently helping to grow their audiences or feed their negativity."

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Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, encouraged social media users to play their part in tackling online hate.

The former minister, who has Pakistani heritage, said: "I've seen first-hand the online hate when social media is hijacked by hateful and cynical users who usually hide behind anonymous accounts.

"All of us who use social media have tremendous power in what we give our attention to and how we react to social media conversations.

"By ignoring, muting or blocking the trolls we can deny them the reactions they seek, while government and social media companies must up their game to ensure it is a safe space for people to exchange ideas."

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