Casey Stoney calls Mark Zuckerberg after Lauren James was again racially abused on Instagram
CASEY STONEY called Instagram owner Mark Zuckerberg not to do enough after Lauren James was once again racially abused on his platform.
James, 19, suffered horrific abuse when she posted a photo of herself hugging her little sister on Insta last week.
This led to a troll leaving monkey emojis under the photo, which infuriated Stoney.
The mortified Manchester United boss responded today and chose to speak directly to Zuckerberg, questioning his character and values in the process.
She wrote on her Instagram story: “@Instagram, is this what you think is acceptable.
“@Zuck, are these the values and behaviors you align with?”
This isn’t the first time Stoney has begged social media bosses to take action against the online trolls who abused James.
The teenager was the subject of identical comments just a few months ago and begged owners to ‘wake up’ to the racist threats unfolding online.
At the time, Stoney said, “I really can’t understand how we can abuse a 19 year old because of the color of his skin.
“Just because they are known because they play football and they have a profile, we are chasing them.
“It’s disgusting, it’s utterly disgusting. I think the government and the powers that be need to do a lot more to govern these social media platforms.
“And we have to stand up and speak up and make it unacceptable for this to happen.”
But despite calls from Stoney, James and many others, racial abuse is still rife on social media.
It is also prevalent in the men’s game, which has led Arsenal legend Thierry Henry to announce his hiatus from all online platforms until something is done.
Now English football has followed suit and all clubs will participate in a social media blackout from Friday April 30 to Monday May 3.
During the boycott, they will not use their social media accounts, in a sign of solidarity with the hope that online bosses like Zuckerberg will start to take abuse seriously.
Footy Shekicks magazine also reported that WSL teams would join the boycott this weekend.