Instagram slammed for making 'mockery' of racism fight as Man United's Martial abused again
Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United v Southampton – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – February 2, 2021 Manchester United’s Anthony Martial [Pool via REUTERS/Phil Noble]

Instagram has been accused of making a ‘mockery’ of its vow to fight online racial hatred as Anthony Martial was AGAIN subjected to vile online abuse.

After Martial was substituted during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, a number of users directed offensive messages at the French striker, using racist language and symbols.

It is the second time in three weeks Martial has suffered on Instagram, following similarly horrendous abuse in the wake of United’s loss to Sheffield United on January 27.

On that occasion, United teammate Axel Tuanzebe was also targeted, prompting the club to issue a strongly-worded condemnation of “mindless idiots”.

United urged the social media platforms and regulatory authorities to strengthen measures to prevent this kind of behaviour.

Instagram slammed for making 'mockery' of racism fight as Man United's Martial abused again
Soccer Football – Premier League – West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain – February 14, 2021 West Bromwich Albion’s Conor Gallagher in action with Manchester United’s Anthony Martial [Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele]

And while the club insist their statement remains unchanged, they did join forces last week with Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton to jointly condemn the escalating trend.

“I wonder if this account will be barred for a month and collect their ‘Insta slap on the wrist’ and ‘don’t do that again’ talk?”

The platform’s parent company, Facebook, insisted it had removed offensive posts after their publication.

Both Facebook and Twitter continue to say there is no place for racism on their services but they also continue to stop short of demanding users are identifiable.

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