South Basildon MP Stephen Metcalfe slams racist abuse directed at England players

SOUTH Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to slam racist abuse meted out to England footballers.

Mr Metcalfe said: “The abuse that we saw after England’s heroic final Euro game is beyond disgusting and has no place in any world, let alone the modern world. I know that my hon. Friend will agree that it is not beyond the ingenuity of social media platforms to deploy their vast coding expertise to develop artificial intelligence and algorithmic solutions to rapidly remove disgusting, abusive racist posts while still being able to protect appropriate freedom of speech. Sadly, there is more than enough training data for them to use.

Hone Office Minister Victoria Atkins said:

Very much so. My challenge to these tech companies is, “Look: you have some of the brightest brains in the world. You recruit from the top universities. You pay—I imagine—handsomely. Use those brilliant brains to do some good and to stop this abuse on your platforms.”

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