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Six Premier League club negotiated with ‘Responseology’ to protect players from online exploitation

In discussion with six Premier League clubs ‘American Tech Group Responseology’, which protected top-flight players and staff from social media misuse … The Premier League and FA were also interested in the service

  • Premier League players and staff have reported numerous cases of online abuse.
  • According to reports, six clubs are in talks with the American group Reaction
  • Answerology has a comment moderation system that disguises abusive posts
  • The Premier League and FA have also reportedly shown interest in the service



Several Premier League clubs are reportedly negotiating a deal with US tech firm Respondology, which will see their players hidden from social media misuse.

Players, managers and even officials in England’s top flight have been subjected to significant online abuse this season, including racial humiliation and slaves.

Premier League clubs have appealed to social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to do more for police online abuse, while British sides Birmingham City, Swansea and Rangers have carried out week-long social media blackouts in recent weeks in protest.

Six Premier League clubs are said to be in talks with American tech group Respondology to conduct a moderation deal to protect players from misbehavior

Top flight players, managers and officials have reported numerous cases of abuse this season.

Top flight players, managers and officials have reported numerous cases of abuse this season.

And according to The Athletic, six sides of the Premier League are in talks with American company Respondology about a deal that will conduct social media posts for the players.

If special phrases or words are used online then derogatory comments will not be removed but will be hidden from players.

Reactionism, which helps hide abuses on Facebook, Instagram, TickTalk, YouTube – but not Twitter – has 1,000 comment moderators at the company to help filter the users’ social media feeds.

AnswerScience has a comment moderation service that hides abusive comments

AnswerScience has a comment moderation service that hides abusive comments

Some of the six Premier League sides are in European competition in negotiations with the American tech firm, while the same report states that the Football Association has also held preliminary discussions with Respondology.

The Premier League is said to be considering using the moderation group for its own platforms.

Respandology already works with the NASCAR Driving League in the United States while the NBA, NFL and NHL are also involved in a similar capacity.

Anthony Marshall (middle) and Marcus Rashford of Man United have reported misconduct this season

Anthony Marshall (middle) and Marcus Rashford of Man United have reported misconduct this season

Social media abuse continues despite Manchester United pairing Marcus Rashford and Anthony Marshall as well as Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, all reporting racist abuse being liked online.

Referee Mike Dean was asked to remove him from duty in early February after he received death threats after online abuse from his family for a week.

Tyron Mings of Aston Villa became the latest player to publicly report racist abuse via social media after a user messaged him saying ‘f ****** n *****’ and said That ‘quit football **** ** pig’.

Aston Villa captain Tiron Minges sent him an example of racist abuse on Instagram

Aston Villa captain Tiron Minges sent him an example of racist abuse on Instagram

Mings tweeted: ‘Another day in social media life with no filter … Please don’t feel sorry for us, just stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight for change. Social media is not getting any safer without it. ‘

Tottenham received racist abuse after last weekend’s defeat at Manchester United to their South Korean winger Son Hyung-min, while Liverpool midfielder Nabi Keita reclaimed racist abuse after the Reds’ 3–1 loss to Real Madrid last week did.

As well as social media blackouts by some British clubs, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson announced this week that he had submitted his Twitter account to the bullying charity Cyberspace to raise awareness for online profanity.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has submitted his Twitter account to Cyberspace

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has submitted his Twitter account to Cyberspace

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry announced that he would leave social media in protest and Henderson revealed that he had considered the following suit.

Henderson said last week: ‘I get sick of seeing people I know, and people I don’t know, having to put up with the kind of abuse that bites my stomach.

‘It has to be stopped and the decency has to play its part in stopping it.

‘I (didn’t hand over accounts for cyberspace) lightly – I thought about it a lot and at one stage I was considering closing all my social media accounts in protest.

‘I still have that option and I applaud those, such as Thierry Henry, who have taken the final step as far as this issue is concerned.

‘But now I want to see if I can positively change my own feelings by shedding light on the frightening situation and see if any kind of positivity can be removed from it.’

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