Twitter claims that identity verification would not have prevented it racist exploitation torrent against black players on the England national football team, which followed the team’s loss in the Euro 2020 championship last month. By update posted by Twitter UK Today, most of the accounts suspended during the tournament due to offensive content were not anonymous.
“Of the tournament’s permanently suspended accounts, 99 percent of account holders were identifiable,” Twitter said. The company also said that while racist Tweets came from around the world, most were from the UK.
To our knowledge, the ID card would probably not have prevented the misuse – 99% of the account holders were identifiable based on the permanently frozen accounts.
– Twitter UK (@TwitterUK) August 10, 2021
According to Twitter, its automated tools identified and deleted 1,622 racist tweets during the match and after 24 hours. Only 2 percent of deleted tweets were viewed more than a thousand times, Twitter says.
Twitter has had a long-standing problem of platform abuse. Follow a boycotted in 2017, CEO Jack Dorsey promised that Twitter would take a “more aggressive stance” in enforcing its rules. Since then, the company has introduced more detailed features in an attempt to curb abuse, such as giving people hide answers or limit who can answer to their tweets.
Twitter will continue to work on ways to prevent posting, including posting prompts to respond who ask people if they are sure of the use of potentially harmful language. Twitter is too feature development which “temporarily block accounts automatically using malicious language, preventing them from interacting with your account.”