Saka’s comments added to growing calls for platforms to take action against hate speech.
Mr Johnson said on Wednesday he had warned representatives of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Snapchat that they would face fines under UK online safety legislation if they failed remove hate speech and racism from their platforms.
The England Football Association also released a statement, saying “Social media companies must step up their efforts and take responsibility and take action to ban attackers from their platforms, collect evidence that may lead to prosecution and support the liberation of platforms from this type of heinous abuse. ”
Facebook, owner of Instagram, said it was removing comments and accounts that directed abuse against the England team and providing information to law enforcement authorities. Four people have been arrested for racist online attacks targeting English players, British police said on Thursday.
Twitter said it deleted more than 1,000 tweets and permanently suspended “a number of accounts” for breaking its rules.