Rio Ferdinand joined the BBC Breakfast team to share his thoughts on Manchester United and their progress on the pitch this season. However, talk s
Rio Ferdinand joined the BBC Breakfast team to share his thoughts on Manchester United and their progress on the pitch this season. However, talk soon turned to the abuse football players are forced to deal with when they don’t deliver the results fans were hoping for. Rio detailed how he has become involved with a new initiative, WeAre8, which aims to help the planet and stop hate speech. However, Naga Munchetty challenged the social media site as she asked how it would be able to stop hate speech as it grows.
“Social media plays a big role now, a lot of positivity but there are a lot of negative elements that come with that and players, people in general shouldn’t have to deal with those types of comments and threats that are being spouted out there,” Rio commented.
Mike asked: “So what can be done? I know you’ve got a new idea, a new concept to help tackle the issue.”
“Yeah, I met a fabulous lady, a really inspiring lady, Sue, who is the founder of WeAre8, which has no hate on there, which is a real big problem for everybody on social media,” Rio explained.
“But you know, we’re in an economic crisis, the climate is a problem, the environment, and this helps all those areas.
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“Just by doing one thing, which is amazing. When I met her, she’s reengineered the whole system where all you do is download the app, two minutes a day you watch an advert, you can get paid but you can also help the planet and forward onto charities.”
Naga cut in: “WeAre8, you watch the advert, the advertising pays for a lot of it and then it gives back by carbon offsetting and you were talking about the environment and new talent.
“It’s small at the moment. And when you say it has no hate, isn’t it easy to have no hate on something so small because it can be monitored.
“One of the biggest problems levied against all social media companies at the moment is you know, you’re not doing enough to regulate hateful posts and certain words aren’t being picked up.
Rio continued: “It’s a choice. Don’t be fooled, it’s a choice. You tell me that when we’re talking about making sure copyright issues aren’t infringed upon, people can work quickly and the technology and algorithms and technology move very quickly.
“But obviously hate speech, conspiracy theories, that facilitates money on social media platforms, so they aren’t inclined to turn it off.”
Some viewers were quick to pick up on Naga’s line of questioning and criticised the host.
User @mab0405 posted: “If Naga gets any more aggressive, Rio’s going to take her out with a two-footed tackle #BBCBreakfast.”
“Wow, she’s aggressive with questioning this morning (Naga) #bbcbreakfast,” @MCIJ13 added.
Others meanwhile praised Rio for speaking about combatting abuse on social media.
“This is a fantastic idea that the brilliant Rio Ferdinand is setting up, we should all be a lot nicer to each other,” @CatherinLorim5 tweeted.
“We should treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves. Strangers should stand shoulder to shoulder on this Catherine in Cheshire.”
BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One from 6am.