A U.K. politician threatened on Monday to imprison Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg following racial abuse toward British soccer players.
“We believe there should be criminal sanctions against [social media companies] and their executives because only when they’re held to account in that way will they do something. They’ve been given the opportunity to regulate themselves and they haven’t done that,” Rayner told Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman, according to The Daily Caller.
“If Labour was in government, would it really propose locking up Mark Zuckerberg if he fails to take action on this abuse?” Newman then asked.
“Absolutely, we believe there should be criminal sanctions. They should do more. Those comments should not be online, and they should be stopped,” Rayner answered.
British Leaders Oppose Racism
Many spoke out following the recent racist social media posts, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who tweeted, “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.”
I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match.
It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.
It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 12, 2021
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson added, “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.
“Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”
This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.
Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 12, 2021
It is unclear whether Facebook will face any legal issues from the situation.