Boris Johnson meets tech bosses as England racism row deepens

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LONDON — Boris Johnson will meet tech company bosses at No. 10 Downing Road to discuss clamping down on hate speech because the U.Okay. authorities finds itself drawn deeper into a row over racist abuse suffered by the England football workforce.&

Three England gamers who missed penalties in Sunday’s Euro 2020 ultimate have been on the receiving finish of racist comments on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram because the match, prompting a show of help from their teammates.&

Tyrone Mings, a member of the England squad who was instrumental in instituting the apply of taking the knee in protest towards racism before video games, launched a unprecedented intervention on Monday to accuse the federal government of enjoying a task within the abuse.

Responding to a tweet by House Secretary Priti Patel, Mings wrote: “You don’t get to stoke the hearth firstly of the event by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ & then fake to be disgusted when the very factor we’re campaigning towards, happens.”

Patel had previously referred to taking the knee as “gesture politics” and described the impression of Black Lives Matter protests in the U.Okay. as “devastating.” Asked whether it was acceptable for the gang to boo gamers taking the knee, she said it was “up to them frankly.”

The primary opposition Labour Social gathering additionally criticized ministers, with deputy leader Angela Rayner writing: “Priti Patel and Boris Johnson gave license to the racists who have abused our England players by taking their aspect towards the England players once they have been being booed. If you blow the canine whistle, then you definitely’re responsible for the canine barking.”

The prime minister’s spokesman responded, telling journalists: “The prime minister referred to as for the nation to get behind and help the gamers, to cheer and not boo, before England had played a recreation in the event.”

“The house secretary is working every single day to cut down on hate crime, racism and violence. There’s no place for racism on this country and she or he’s backing the police to hold those responsible to account.”

He added that Johnson had opened Tuesday’s Cupboard assembly by condemning the offensive posts directed at a number of the England group.&

“He stated the abuse was completely disgraceful and had emerged from the darkish spaces of the internet and that he would use right now’s assembly with social media companies to reiterate the pressing need for action, forward of harder legal guidelines coming into drive by way of the On-line Harms Invoice,” the spokesman stated.

Underneath the plans in the invoice, an obligation of care in the direction of customers can be imposed on social media platforms, enforced by communications regulator Ofcom. Nevertheless, critics complain that the proposals do not handle anonymous abuse and would not seize most of the forms of racist statements or photographs aimed toward footballers.

No 10 refused to verify reports that Johnson was getting ready to welcome Gareth Southgate’s England group to Downing Road. The prime minister’s spokesman stated: “We’ll be speaking to the FA [Football Association] to determine an appropriate solution to thank the gamers and training employees for their efforts.”