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People flood England players Instagram pages with support amid racist abuse

2023-03-28 06:16:51

People flood England players Instagram pages with support amid racist abuse

Sometimes things don't quite work out as we'd hoped.

People flood England players Instagram pages with support amid racist abuse(图1)

That's certainly true of the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium, which saw Italy take home the trophy on Sunday after beating England on penalties. But the loss has led to disgraceful, racist behaviour against several England players.

Footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka have been targeted with a torrent of abuse on their social media accounts after missing penalties in the 3-2 shootout loss.

People have been taking to Instagram to attempt to drown out the vile abuse by reporting racist comments and posting messages of love and support for the players.

London's Metropolitan Police tweeted(Opens in a new tab) that it's aware of the abuse being directed at players on social media following the final and said that the matter will be investigated. "This abuse is totally unacceptable, it will not be tolerated and it will be investigated," the tweet read.

"No one should have to experience racist abuse anywhere, and we don’t want it on Instagram," a Facebook company spokesperson told Mashable in a statement. "We quickly removed comments and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers last night and we’ll continue to take action against those that break our rules.

"In addition to our work to remove this content, we encourage all players to turn on Hidden Words, a tool which means no one has to see abuse in their comments or DMs. No one thing will fix this challenge overnight, but we’re committed to keeping our community safe from abuse."

After attempting to report racist comments I'd personally spotted on players' posts, I received notifications saying that the Instagram team hasn't been able to review them and that the comments "probably didn't go against the community guidelines." Facebook said it was going to look into these reports.

Comments on Bukayo Saka's Instagram page Credit: mashable screenshot / instagram
Credit: mashable screenshot / instagram

England manager Gareth Southgate said this racist abuse against his players was "unforgivable." "It’s just not what we stand for," he told reporters(Opens in a new tab). “We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue."

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The FA (Football Authority, the national governing body for football in England) released a statement condemning the online racism aimed at the players on social media.

"We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team," read the statement(Opens in a new tab). "We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible."

The statement went on to say that the FA implores the government to "act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences" and that social media companies "need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms."

Comments on Marcus Rashford's Instagram page. Credit: mashable screenshot / instagram
Credit: mashable screenshot / instagram

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted(Opens in a new tab), "This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves."

Comments onJadon Sancho's Instagram page. Credit: mashable screenshot / instagram
Credit: Mashable screenshot / instagram

Sending solidarity and love to Rashford, Sancho, and Saka today.

UPDATE: July 12, 2021, 1:15 p.m. BST Added response from Facebook company spokesperson.

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    4. Prince Harry opened up in a big way

    In a podcast interview(opens in a new tab), Prince Harry spoke candidly about seeking counselling after being near "complete breakdown" while living with the grief of losing his mum, Princess Diana.

    "My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?" he said(opens in a new tab).

    "Some of the best people or easiest people to speak to is a shrink or whoever — the Americans call them shrinks —someone you have never met before," said the prince. "You sit down on the sofa and say 'listen, I don't actually need your advice. Can you just listen'. And you just let it all rip."

    5. Prince William FaceTimed Lady Gaga

    It's not every day that Pop Royalty teams up with British Royalty. But, that's what happened back in April! As part of the royals' Heads Together (opens in a new tab)campaign to end mental health stigma, Prince William FaceTimed Lady Gaga to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health. William and Gaga talked about the importance of opening up about mental health; a cause they've both been heavily involved in this year.

    "It's OK to have this conversation. It's really important to have this conversation," said Prince William. "You won't be judged. It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only gonna lead to more problems down the line."

    6. The princes opened up about losing their mum

    The royal family has a reputation for being fiercely private about personal matters. But, this year, Prince Harry and Prince William sat around a table with the Duchess of Cambridge and talked about the impact of Princess Diana's death on their mental health. And, this chat happened to be broadcast via Facebook Live as part of their Heads Together campaign.

    "We've never really talked about losing a mum at such a young age," Harry says to William in the film. "When you speak to other people's families, you think, wow I don't want them to have to go through the same thing."

    7. Princess Charlotte celebrated her 2nd birthday🎈

    When Kensington Palace releases a new photo of the royal kiddies, the nations' hearts basically explode. To mark Princess Charlotte's 2nd birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a truly adorable photo of their daughter. SUPER CUTE.

    8. George and Charlotte went to their auntie's wedding

    'Twas the wedding of the year! Pippa Middleton—a.k.a. Kate's little sister—married hedge fund manager James Matthews at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire, in May. And, yes, the royal little 'uns were decked out in their wedding garb, looking cuter than ever!

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    Princess Charlotte was a flower girl!

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    9. Prince George got bored at the Queen's birthday parade

    When your great-granny turns 91, there's no end to the celebrations. And, 3-year-old Prince George looked positively tired of all the Queen's birthday celebrations this summer.

    As the royals congregated for the Trooping the Colour, the annual Queen's Birthday Parade, in June, little George was demonstrably less enthused than his mum, dad, and sister. Oh dear.

    10. William and Harry shared memories of their mum

    2017 was also a year of reflection for the princes. In a documentary marking 20 years since Princess Diana's death, William and Harry revealed how much fun their mum was. "Our mother was a total kid through and through," said Prince Harry in the documentary. Harry also shared some advice his mum gave him: "You can be as naughty as you want, just don't get caught."

    "She would come and watch us play football and smuggle sweets into our socks," added Harry. He recalled walking back from football matches with five packets of Starburst in his socks and his entire shirt bulging with sweets. 

    11. A third royal baby was announced!

    Just when you thought no one could ever topple Charlotte and George from their thrones of cuteness, the royal family came along and proved us wrong!

    In September, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dropped their very happy bombshell. Royal baby number 3 will be arriving in May 2018. Get ready, ppl!

    12. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held hands in public

    Hand-holding isn't usually anything to write home about. But, when it's the first time Prince Harry holds hands with his girlfriend in public, it's a pretty huge deal. The couple appeared in public for the first time at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, in September.

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    13. Prince Harry proved that sharing is caring

    What do you do when a toddler you've never met before helps herself to your snacks? Well, if you're Prince Harry, then you go ahead and share. At the Invictus Games, the prince found himself sitting next to a very cheeky toddler, who decided to munch away on his popcorn.

    14. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated 70 years of marriage

    Our beloved queen celebrated a massive matrimonial milestone this year—her platinum wedding anniversary. 20 November 2017 marked 70 years since the couple tied the knot back in 1947. To mark to special occasion, the couple released new portraits snapped by British photographer Matt Holyoak.

    15. Harry and Meghan got engaged (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    Just days after the Queen's special wedding anniversary, another wedding was announced. This time, her grandson Prince Harry's. On 27 Nov. Prince Charles made the announcement that his son Prince Harry had got engaged to Suits actor Meghan Markle. We later learned that Harry actually popped the question while the pair were cooking a roast chicken. Which is pretty much the most British thing ever. Awwwww.

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    16. George and Charlotte rocked colour co-ordinated outfits

    The Cambridge family took a leaf out of the Kardashians' holiday book this year. For their Christmas card, the entire family sported colour co-ordinated outfits. Fetch!


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    17. Harry and Meghan released their official engagement portraits!

    Christmas came early for all of us this year when the royal couple of the moment released their official engagement photos. And, they looked every inch the Hollywood couple. Swoon!

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    What a year!!!

  • Sinkhole opens up a block from the White House. Yes, another one.

    Sinkhole opens up a block from the White House. Yes, another one.


    It figures that in the midst of the longest government shutdown in American history, the earth would literally open up a block from the grounds of White House.

    Yet another sinkhole — a depression in the ground caused by a collapse of land — has opened up in Washington D.C., this time just a block from the presidential residence.

    SEE ALSO: 14 of the worst White House moments of 2018

    Opening up on Tuesday afternoon, the "large" sinkhole was reported by D.C. Police as being the reason for road closures on 17th Street NW between C Street and E Street NW.

    Sergio Gor, staffer for Sen. Rand Paul, tweeted a pretty neat image of the sinkhole.


    And yeah, that cone is in the sinkhole.

    It's the second sinkhole to open up near the White House within the last 12 months, following the hell portal depression that showed up in the White House's North Lawn in May 2018.

    And that followed the sinkhole that appeared right outside Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida exactly a year before in May 2017.

    Of course, everyone couldn't help but joke about our newest Washington sinkhole.

    According to The Hill(opens in a new tab), the District Department of Transportation was checking out the sinkhole on Tuesday afternoon.


    Whether or not it will get any bigger remains to be seen, but if you're really into sinkholes and how they work, check out our handy explainer from last time time this happened.

  • Trump made a video on Yanny vs. Laurel, and this meme is officially dead


    Trump made a video on Yanny vs. Laurel, and this meme is officially dead

    Why won't government institutions leave memes alone?

    The Yanny vs. Laurel debate took a dark turn when the U.S. Air Force thought it would be a good idea to use it in a now-deleted tweet that bragged about repressing a Taliban offensive.

    SEE ALSO: What Yanny vs. Laurel taught us: We yearn to be divided

    But the White House killed the meme for good when it released a video of staffers dividing into Team Yanny and Team Laurel.

    Think this is fake news? We can assure you that unfortunately, this is very real. Here's the video:

    Ivanka Trump is definitely on Team Laurel, but Kellyanne "alternative facts" Conway isn't too loyal to her side. She proudly says, "It's Laurel," before adding, "But I could deflect and defer to Yanny if you need me to."

    A little too real, Kelly.

    The video also includes this exchange with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which is really concerning considering the White House's strained relationship with the press:

    Interviewer: "Sarah, it's been reported that you hear Laurel, how do you respond?"

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "Clearly you're getting your information from CNN because that's fake news. All I hear is Yanny."


    Even Mike Pence joined the fun, robotically turning to the camera and asking, "Who's Yanny?"

    The real icing on the cake is President Trump himself. Seated at his desk, Trump proclaims, "I hear covfefe."

    We get that it's a joke, but come on, White House. Don't you have more important things to deal with?

  • A petition to remain in the EU has gone so viral it crashed a government website

    A petition to remain in the EU has gone so viral it crashed a government website


    UPDATE: March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m. GMT The petition has since gained more than 1 million signatures. Per the government Petitions Committee, the "rate of signing" is the highest in the website has ever seen.

    You might have heard, but things aren't exactly going smoothly in the run-up to Brexit. The exodus from the EU is slated to happen on March 29, which (*checks calendar*) is just days away.

    A petition(Opens in a new tab) to remain in the EU and revoke Article 50 gained over 600K signatures before crashing the government petitions website.

    As if Brexit wasn't already shambolic.

    SEE ALSO: Hot mic picks up someone saying 'we're actually f**cked' during live BBC broadcast

    Article 50(Opens in a new tab) is the legal mechanism by which countries can formally exit the European Union.


    A House of Commons spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable that the website was experiencing difficulties due to a high volume of traffic.

    "The petitions site is experiencing technical difficulties and we are working to get it running again urgently. It has been caused by a large and sustained load on the system."


    The spokesperson later confirmed that the website is now working again.

    At the time of publishing this article the petition has reached 630K signatures.


    Celebrities like Game of Thrones star Daniel Portman (who plays Podrick) and Hugh Grant were calling on followers to add their signatures to the petition.

    After the site crashed, Twitter was ablaze with reactions, with many urging people to keep trying.

  • Apple to launch experimental medical clinics for employees

    Apple to launch experimental medical clinics for employees


    Several big tech companies have ventured into the healthcare industry this year, and now Apple is jumping into the mix.

    Apple is launching AC Wellness, a network of health clinics for its employees and their families, this spring, reports CNBC(opens in a new tab), citing "sources familiar with the company's plans."

    SEE ALSO: Apple's slow iPhone X sales are hurting Samsung too

    On the network's website(opens in a new tab), AC has job postings for a number of employees, including a clinical exercise coach, nurse practitioner, primary care physician, and phlebotomist. The postings specify that the employees will work in a new Apple Park Wellness Center, in addition to other potential wellness centers in Santa Clara Valley.

    According to the posting, the wellness centers will offer a "concierge-like healthcare experience" for Apple dependents. Candidates are expected to have "appreciation for the patient experience and passion for wellness and population health."

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    Apple isn't the first corporation to provide independent healthcare to its employees. Amazon, J.P. Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway announced an independent healthcare business to serve the three companies' employees in January.

    But Amazon's venture seems to be targeting rising healthcare costs, while Apple's goal seems to be innovation in patient care.

    The company has demonstrated that its ambitions to become a leader in healthcare transcend the fitness-tracking prowess of the Apple Watch, from its medical records storage app to its ResearchKit and CareKit platforms and heart study in conjunction with Stanford University School of Medicine.

    It's also possible that even if you're not an Apple employee, you could someday reap the benefits of this network. Anonymous sources told CNBC(opens in a new tab) that the project may allow Apple to test new health initiatives on employees before rolling them out to additional customers.

    And AC Wellness Networks appears to be an independent medical practice under contract with Apple, rather than a subsidiary of the company itself -- so its customer base could expand in the future.

  • Tropicana made a toothpaste that won’t affect the taste of OJ — and it really works

    Tropicana made a toothpaste that won’t affect the taste of OJ — and it really works

    Few things taste worse than a mouthful of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. That tangy vitamin C washing over your spearmint-coated tongue is enough to make your butt clench — and basically ruin the next 15 minutes of your morning.


    But what if I told you there was a way to enjoy your morning beverage right after brushing? Enter Tropicana Toothpaste, which will clean your mouth without making orange juice taste like shit.

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    When I saw the announcement of the toothpaste, I was extremely skeptical. Of course it was going to ruin my orange juice, I thought. Why should I expect any different when every other brand has let me down? I'd been hurt far too many times by the likes of Colgate, Crest, and even that damn Tom of Maine. I have toothpaste trust issues, OK?

    But part of me still had the urge to find out if Tropicana could fulfill such a promise. Maybe it would be different this time. So, I set out to see if Tropicana Toothpaste could be the one.

    While Tropicana Toothpaste is an Instagram-sweepstakes-based, limited-edition product that won't be sold to the public (at least, not yet), the brand was kind enough to send me a sample to try out. I opened the test package and was greeted with the striking tube of paste, along with a small wooden toothbrush with orange bristles. Cute, but I wouldn't be won over that easily.

    SEE ALSO: I used *that* Instagram-famous The Always Pan for a month. Here's what I thought.

    I took my gallon of orange juice (which Tropicana also sent over) and quickly brought my brushing supplies to my bathroom sink. I wanted to get this over with. I ran the toothbrush under the faucet and squeezed a sliver of the pearlescent paste onto its bristles. I started brushing. I was expecting a gross flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised by its fluoride-y, dentist-office-like taste. Now that my mouth was clean and full of toothpaste remnants, it was time for the moment of truth. I grabbed a glass and served myself a hefty pour of OJ. I prayed to every deity I could think of and brought the cup to my lips. Bottoms up.

    As the orange drink rushed past my teeth and down my gullet, I tasted a familiar flavor: It was just orange juice, untainted by my toothbrushing session mere moments before. I took another swig. Then another. Still, just sweet, sweet orange juice sans any bitter taste caused by mint. I couldn't believe it, but Tropicana's claim was the real deal. Turns out toothpaste and orange juice don't have to be a match made in hell.

    Since my first test, I've tried Tropicana Toothpaste once more to make sure it wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. Tropicana has truly cracked the code and given us one of the greatest scientific achievements to date. What a gift. Jokes aside, though, I think Tropicana could easily sell this toothpaste to the public, even as a one-off. I'm positive there are other strange minds out there who would like to try it.

    It probably won't be my day-to-day toothpaste going forward, but I'll definitely show it off to guests next time I have company over as a fun party trick. They'll have to bring their own toothbrush, though.

  • Something Awful has shut down forum FYAD, citing Nazi poo poo

    Something Awful has shut down forum FYAD, citing Nazi poo poo

    Comedy website Something Awful has shut down subforum Fuck You and Die (FYAD), with founder Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka citing an intolerable prevalence of Nazis.


    "FYAD, back in the day, used to be full of funny people producing funny content. There were some incredible threads, and they had their own unique sense of humor that couldn't be found anywhere else," Kyanka wrote in a forum post(Opens in a new tab) announcing the decision on Monday. "Now FYAD is a loving racist shithole with no redeeming qualities whatsoever."

    Founded in 1999, Something Awful played a significant role in shaping early internet culture, giving birth to some of the earliest memes. Its forum popularized classic meme "All your base are belong to us"(Opens in a new tab), and horror character Slender Man was originally created(Opens in a new tab) on the site.

    Subforum FYAD was originally created to keep people in Something Awful's largest, general interest subforum from fighting with each other. "We said, 'If you want to insult this guy, go to FYAD,'" Kyanka told Motherboard in 2017(Opens in a new tab).

    While admittedly not the greatest subject upon which to base a subforum, FYAD quickly evolved. "It became less about serious flamewars and more about fucking posting whatever you want," said former Something Awful administrator and moderator Kevin "Fragmaster" Bowen.

    At first, that largely entailed inside jokes. But eventually, "whatever you want" became "Nazi poo poo," to use the site's own jargon.

    "Everyone who was funny on FYAD moved to Twitter," Kyanka told Motherboard(Opens in a new tab). "The people who were left were ... right wing Nazi people."

    SEE ALSO: NeoGAF is back online, but it's turned into an undead Nazi version of its former self

    On Sunday, Something Awful's administrators and moderators posted a warning that harassment and bigotry will not be accepted(Opens in a new tab) on the forums, with specific emphasis on transphobia.

    "Many have [been] the biggest dickheads possible under the banner of 'well it is called something AWFUL!' Note that that rule never said bigotry or hate was OK," they wrote. "Let us make this clear once again: Hate speech has no home at Something Awful. You are advised to not make slurs part of your humor repertoire."

    Unfortunately, it seems FYAD's posters largely ignored warnings such as these. Though Kyanka initially attempted to curtail hatred and harassment, even temporarily locking the subforum down, he says that the culprits only became more persistent. This finally prompted him to decide that FYAD must FOAD.

    "Nazi poo poo WILL NOT be tolerated ANYWHERE on the loving forums. You're a goddamn moron if you're posting pro-Nazi poo poo just to be edgy," wrote Kyanka in his announcement post.

    "So congratulations for killing FYAD. I hope the iron crosses and swastikas and Hitler threads were worth it."

    With the increasing prominence of Nazis both on internet forums and in real life, it's refreshing to see at least one website doing something substantive to get rid of them.