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Football star Stan Collymore: ‘Twitter is not doing enough to combat homophobic hate’

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  1. BlokeToys 22 Jan, 12:23pm

    Nothing will change with these companies until the people take action themselves. Ultimately, this is a private company, and people still have a strange view that Twitter and Facebook are somehow public services. When Facebook changes something there’s a campaign to change it back, as though Facebook is a publicly funded service. If Burger King changed its interior you wouldn’t protest about their business decision, if they did something you didn’t like you’d stop using them.

    I agree with the principles of his argument, and there are a hell of a lot of mindless people on Twitter (this is what happens when you give 10 year olds phones and no tools to understand social interaction and technology) but ultimately it is a private company and they will only respond when it hurts their pocket.

    Stan should organize a protest, encourage people to switch off for a day or two at a specific time to send the message that something needs to be done.

  2. Staircase2 22 Jan, 12:45pm

    Simply untrue of Twitter to say they made it ‘easier’ to report a use

    It’s STILL a bloody uphill struggle – including asking for various account bits of info and not automatically filling them in for you after you’ve pressed the ‘report’ button. By the time it’s taken you to other pages you don’t have the account actually in front of you when using the iPad app.

    And they still make it hard to find the right way to flag up abuse – shoddy shoddy shoddy

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Jan, 1:23pm

    There’s not even a phone number to contact Twitter let alone Facebook. Blocking people doesn’t resolve anything because they find someone else to harass and bully. Twitter and Facebook need to be held accountable or face some kind of sanction in the UK in violation of our laws.

  4. Whilst I agree that it’s unacceptable, and no one should be subjected to harmful words.. but I find it a little distasteful that it’s Stan Collymore voicing it.. with a reputation for using his fists on women to get his point over.

  5. I agree. Aggression – whether physical or verbal is unacceptable. Just as well you understand that, Stan … http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/110009.stm

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