World Cup 2022: Elon Musk is failing his promise: Black players are being racially abused on Twitter

Despite Elon Musk’s assurances that Twitter would be free of hate speech a report shows that racist tweets against football players in the World Cup is being allowed and the platform is seemingly doing nothing to delete them or sanction the accounts that posted them, even though they were reported almost a week ago.

Prior to the start of the controversial Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Elon Musk tweeted that the new policy on Twitter is freedom of speech but not freedom of reach, adding that any negative or hate tweets will be max deboosted and demonetized, implying they wouldn’t make any money of Twitter that way.

Report shows racial tweets at World Cup players not deleted

The Center for Countering Digital Hate is a British nonprofit that did a study which found over 100 racially abusive tweets being directed at World Cup players prior to the start of the tournament, without them being deleted by the platform’s content moderators.

Among the tweets the insults vary and the N-word can be found, as well as monkey and banana emojis, with people telling them to go back to their countries while others mocked their use of the “English” language.

Some of the black players that this research study found to be targeted are Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Gabriel Jesus, Jadon Sancho, Richarlison, Mohamed Salah and others.

Twitter is chaos after Elon Musk’s take over of the platform

Twitter is having a hard time handling the massive spikes in traffic produced by the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, even more due to the around 5,000 employees that have been layed off in the past three weeks since Musk took over the social media platform.

Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate said that their research proves that Elon Musk’s Twitter is no longer fit for purpose and needs to be reined in.

“Racists seek to send a message that if even national heroes can be targeted with impunity, then the rest of us aren’t safe either,” Ahmed told VICE.