“Social media companies could tackle hate speech tomorrow if they wanted to,” Troy Townsend, head of development at Kick It Out, told DW. “Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that anyone that looks like me should be affected by someone’s freedom to talk about me in the way that they do.
“I cannot believe that in 2021 we’re still talking about how we do it — how do we make sure that everyone that uses their platforms can do so free from fear?” added Townsend, who has been campaigning with Kick It Out for almost a decade. “The social media companies are the ones who could make a difference tomorrow. That’s how quick it can happen. Tomorrow!”