Facebook Ignores Marcus Rashford Plea After Abuse Of Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda

Yan Dhanda of Swansea City. Pic: Getty Images.

Facebook Ignores Marcus Rashford Plea After Abuse Of Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda

By Paul Jones

Yan Dhanda’s social media abuser will not be banned from Instagram, a lenient policy that has ignored the promptings of Marcus Rashford.

Instagram owner Facebook has said it does “not want racism and hate on our platforms,” but would let the account in question stay active as long as the abuse – directed at the Swansea City midfielder – did not persist for an unspecified number of times.

Only the ability to send messages will be restricted for an unstated period of time.

Police in south Wales have responded more robustly, with officers investigating and calling it a “priority” to tackle hate crime.

Dhanda was the target of online racism by the user, who has not been identified, after the Swans’ FA Cup  defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.

“The person who sent this message has been restricted from sending messages for a set period of time, and we will remove new accounts created to get around this restriction,” Facebook said in an emailed statement.


“We think it’s important people have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes but, per the new measures put in place this week, if they continue to break our rules this account will be removed.”

England and Manchester United striker Rashford, who has also received racist messages, wants abusive accounts immediately deactivated.

“If they see anyone that’s being racially abused or abused in any way their accounts should be deleted straight away,” Rashford told Sky Sports.

“That’s one way of getting rid of most of it, if not all of it.”


Yan Dhanda gives Swansea the lead! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

What a strike! 🎯 pic.twitter.com/UpEmUQqh5S

Rashford has used social media over the last year to raise awareness of child poverty and pressure the government into providing free school meals during the pandemic.

Dhanda, who played in the youth ranks at Liverpool, said “more has to be done” by social media companies to delete the hate before discovering the account abusing him would not be suspended immediately.

“How can this STILL be happening in 2021? I’m so proud of who I am and representing Asians,” he wrote on Twitter.

The English Football Association wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter counterpart Jack Dorsey this week asking for them to do more to eradicate racism from the platforms.


One thought on “Facebook Ignores Marcus Rashford Plea After Abuse Of Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda

  1. The weaponising of no-truth slurs by lunatic extremists on ungoverned anti-social media platforms takes them outside lawful social norms and renders their continued existence untenable going forward.

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