Facebook says it is “horrified” to see the continued online abuse of footballers and has announced tougher measures to tackle the issue.
The social media platform is tightening the rules governing direct messaging on Instagram, a platform it also owns.
It will disable the accounts of those found to have repeatedly sent abusive private messages on Instagram.
UK head of content policy Fadzai Madzingira said it was “saddening” to see continued abuse on the platforms.
Madzingira told BBC Sport: “I’m horrified at the type of abuse that people, especially these footballers, have to deal with on the basis of who they are, whether it’s their race or their religion or their gender, and as a company, we’re disappointed to see that sort of behaviour that plays out offline also playing out on our platform.
“It’s why we’re making the announcements today about taking…
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