Outrage as Instagram user who racially abused Dhanda not banned from platform

The Instagram user who racially abused Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda will not be banned from the social media platform.

Instagram’s owner Facebook has caused outrage by not shutting down the account and said the user would only be “restricted from sending messages for a set period of time.”

Anti-racism campaigner Troy Townsend wrote: “Please tell me this is some kind of joke, what about the victims, their families and loved ones.”

Dhanda suffered racist abuse after receiving a message on Instagram after Swansea’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night and both clubs publicly condemned what happened while the police also launched an investigation.

City boss Pep Guardiola branded it a “disgrace” and called for the Government to step in if other bodies are not doing enough.

Yan Dhanda, in action for Swansea, was racially abused on Instagram

Guardiola said: “Everything comes from education, hard work for years and decades. It’s important for everyone, especially teenagers.

“It’s disgraceful, we know that. Maybe the Government (should step in). It’s part of society and it’s rising more and more.”

But now just days after strong action was promised on Instagram – the social media giant has been accused of letting the offender off lightly and their measures not going far enough.

Their statement said: “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.

“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.”

When quizzed as to how long the user would be restricted from sending messages and why stronger action was not being taken, a spokesman for Facebook refused to comment.

Facebook are teaming up with Kick It Out to launch their Take A Stand campaign to report abuse via Whats App and use online detection tools to highlight and remove abuse.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Today with all the abuse and discrimination on social media – for me, it’s simple, if you don’t have proof of your identity you can’t open an account. That’s just as simple as.

“It would be so much easier to punish the [people] who have nothing better to do.”

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