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anti-social media Irish rapper JyellowL calls on social media networks to shut down racism

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JyellowL says free speech shouldn’t cause pain to others.

JyellowL says free speech shouldn’t cause pain to others.

JyellowL says free speech shouldn’t cause pain to others.

Irish hip-hop star JyellowL has called on social media networks to shut down racism on their platforms after the three England footballers who missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final were abused.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka came under fire after their penalty misses handed Italy victory in last Sunday's decider.

Dublin rapper JyellowL, who has a degree in politics and is a champion of free speech, has told the Sunday World social media networks need to change the narrative.

"There is a philosophical debate about censorship, but if free speech impedes another person's right to have peace in their lives, we have to draw the line," JyellowL told the Sunday World as he promoted Virgin Media's Up Your Speed campaign.

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Saka gets a hug from Southgate.

Saka gets a hug from Southgate.

Saka gets a hug from Southgate.

"On one hand, it is the human right to have free speech, so wherever we draw the line is censorship and you can't have both to an extent.

"But when things go to extremes, it can be so impactful in a negative way and that is where you have to say enough is enough.

"What we have seen in recent days with the England players is a story that has been repeated time and again down the years and something needs to be done.

"Certain words should be muted or flagged on social media networks. The content teams should be going a better job of controlling content that is clearly offensive."

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook chiefs were called in for an emergency meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss racist abuse in the aftermath of messages sent to Rashford, Sancho and Saka, yet there doesn't seem to be any appetite to change how they are policed.

JyellowL, who is a big Manchester United fan, has sympathy with United striker Rashford and the club's newest signing Sancho, who have both issues statements in recent days reflecting on their penalty misses and the social media abuse.

A mural of Rashford in his hometown was also vandalised by racists thugs, with Nigerian-born JyellowL admitting he could see what was coming as soon as the penalty kicks were missed.

JyellowL is working with Virgin Media to promote their 'Up Your Speed Game' 1Gig campaign and has written a track to promote it.

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