In relation to racism, can sports activities show be an efficient Fb influencer? | The Tip-Off
It found that all it took was an increasingly dire situation, some really bad advertising and the risk of “billions of pounds” in fines for Facebook to take responsibility for the continued abuse of football players on its platforms.
Speaking to the BBC, Fadzai Madzingira, director of content policy for the UK social media company, said the company was “appalled” by a recent surge in online hatred as it unveiled new measures to address the problem, including the temporary ban on the Instagram accounts of those who repeatedly send abusive messages.
However, the hint can’t help but wonder if Facebook really was that appalled as the measures are only now being rolled out after a long period of inactivity over a longstanding problem. It’s also hard to question whether the risk of time alone on the naughty stride is enough to deter social media users from continuing to target high profile gamers.
It just so happens that the UK’s leading football associations do not believe that temporary bans are enough. Personalities like the Premier League, English Football League (EFL), Women’s Super League (WSL) and anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out recently wrote an open letter to Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg asking them to were to carry on action.
“We have had many meetings with your executives over the years, but the reality is that your platforms continue to be havens for abuse,” the letter reads.
“Their inaction has led the anonymous perpetrators to believe that they are out of reach. The relentless flow of racist and discriminatory news feeds itself: the more it is tolerated by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, platforms with billions of users, the more it becomes normal, accepted behavior. ‘
World War I shoe
David Beckham has never shied away from the limelight, but Deadline reports that the 45-year-old will now step behind the camera to produce World War Shoe, a three-part series that documents the famous feud between German sportswear brands Adidas and puma.
Studio 99, the former English captain’s production company, is reportedly partnering with Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted and his company Matador Content to work on the documentary that tells the story, as Adidas founder Adi Dassler and his brother Rudi, the Puma started rival companies in the city of Herzogenaurach.
Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Boat Rocker Studios, President of Matador Content, promised in a joint statement, “You will never see your trainers like this again.”
Read the Riot Act
The esports industry’s longstanding sexism problem may have bottomed out with the Gamergate scandal in 2014 and has been actively trying to repair this image for several years.
The news that Riot Games, developer of esports juggernaut’s League of Legends (LoL), is investigating allegations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment by its executive director Nicolo Laurent is both shocking and worrying, and is reminiscent of older issues.
What follows is a legal complaint by a former employee, Sharon O’Donnell, against the gambling company who was laid off by Riot last July. O’Donnell, filing an unlawful dismissal, is seeking compensation for lost wages due to unpaid overtime, medical expenses and general harm.
In the lawsuit, O’Donnell accuses Laurent of making sexual advances over her and asking her to travel with him outside of work. When O’Donnell refused, she alleged that Laurent had been aggressive towards her and that her termination of employment was directly linked to the chief executive’s alleged progress.
According to Riot, Laurent has pledged “full cooperation and support” for the process, adding that O’Donnell’s dismissal was “based on several well-documented complaints from a wide variety of people” and that every other suggestion was “simply wrong”.
The company is already under scrutiny by several California government agencies for alleged gender discrimination in hiring, salary, and promotion decisions. Sexual harassment; and retaliation by Riot against its female employees, ”according to records received from Daily Esports.
A report from the Daily Mail showed how both the ATP and WTA are deliberately delaying the publication of live game results on their own websites for up to 30 seconds in an attempt to attract tennis fans to those run by online bookmakers.
The UK newspaper notes how such delays help add value to the two tours’ betting data deals with IMG and StatsPerform respectively. In a statement sent to the Mail, the WTA admitted that its point updates are being deliberately delayed in order to prioritize betting websites, but the women’s leading community reportedly declined to make a statement.
As the Mail notes, tennis authorities were urged to stop selling live score data three years ago when an independent match-fixing review warned how the practice could lead to an increase in corruption, particularly at the lower levels of the sport. However, it appears that the advice of Adam Lewis QC, Chairman of the Review Board, has fallen on deaf ears.
Could the fact that IMG and StatsPerform collectively pay £ 950 million data fees have anything to do with this?
Ed Norton is into sports tech?
The eagle eyes on Twitter may have spotted this recently:
To all of the companies that spent a ton of money on Super Bowl ads just to wake up and read (see below) that Nielsen couldn’t report low-tech reviews in over 24 hours: If you’re crazy enough, Still relying on Nielsen for insights, out of luck https://t.co/T4HCPPwruN
– Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) February 10, 2021
It seemed odd beef for an Oscar winner whose heretofore known links to sports would turn up as poker hustler Worm in Rounders, an unlikely pickup basketball win in American History X, a Soccer Aid cameo in 2012, who played in doubles with Novak Djokovic, a John McEnroe charity event and court seating for the Los Angeles Lakers.
To save you from digging through the rest of the 12 tweet thread about the perks of metering company EDO, Norton was so keen to downgrade industry competitor Nielsen for the following reasons:
If anyone wonders why I am writing this: I have EDO together with my friend Dr. Daniel Nadler (founder and ex-CEO of Kensho) founded. Biased? Yup. But we have put together this all-star team and we are incredibly proud of the brilliant work they are doing. @karaswisher @profgalloway @jonahgoodhart
– Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) February 10, 2021
Not a great look of the week
Final of the world championship for clubs in Qatar, award ceremony.
FIFA President Infantino instructs the women on the referee teams not to annoy the sheikh and to avoid impure contacts.
Football favors briefcases full of money over rights.
What an embarrassment. pic.twitter.com/KuCSPyyc2j
– Giulio Cavalli (@giuliocavalli) February 14, 2021
After the allegations that Gianni Infantino had warned the female officials Edina Alves Batista and Neuza Back not to turn to Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the Fifa president hit back with the following statement:
‘Given the lies that have been circulating online about what I said to female officials during the FIFA Club World Cup medal ceremony, I want to provide a clarification.
“I took the opportunity to congratulate them on their great work throughout the competition. This was a milestone for Fifa. The first time female civil servants have been appointed and officiated in a Fifa male competition.
“As everyone knows, I am a strong advocate of women’s rights and equal treatment for everyone. Regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or physical ability. Fifa’s statutes expressly state that Fifa feels obliged to respect all internationally recognized human rights and endeavors to promote the protection of these rights.
“Those who spread false rumors should be ashamed of their actions.”