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08 September 2020 10:30

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Twitter urged to ban prominent right-wing blogger David Vance over string of racist remarks Twitter has been urged to act over David Vance's posts. Twitter has been urged to ban controversial right-wing blogger David Vance over a string of racist remarks, after his latest tweets to Marcus Rashford about the African-Caribbean community. Become a Supporter Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. Vance is accused of trolling prominent black political activists with a flurry of offensive remarks, including Marcus Rashford, Labour MP David Lammy, and Remain campaigner Femi Oluwole. In his tweets he often makes sweeping statements which are retweeted and shared by his 170,000 followers.

The social media networking website has been urged to act after he told footballing campaigner Rashford claiming that there is a "disproportionate problem within the (UK) Afro-Caribbean [sic] community of black men abandoning their pregnant girlfriends", before asking if he had ever met his father. It prompted Lammy to intervene, telling Vance: "Absolutely despicable that this unabashed racism has a following in modern Britain. Vance responded: "Child abandonment by fathers is a major concern. Questions have been raised why the social media network has not taken the same swift action it served music artist Wiley for anti-Semitic tweets over the summer, which resulted in intervention from the home secretary, and a ban from the network. He recently deleted more than 190,000 tweets from his account's history after his messages came under further scrutiny.

Mike Williams tweeted: "David Vance is one of the purest, most consistent racist shitheads on Twitter. Sooz Kempner wrote: "David Vance has been racist on Twitter unchecked for at least a decade. "Twitter and other platforms better move speedy with David Vance," noted @GoWithTheFlo. A tweet from David Vance. Photograph: Twitter. Twitter has been contacted for comment. Have your say Send your letters for publication to The New European by emailing [email protected] by Tuesday at 9am and pick up an edition each Thursday for more comment and analysis. Find your nearest stockist here, read the newspaper on our app, or subscribe to a print or digital edition for just £13. You can also join our readers' Facebook group to keep the discussion and debate going with thousands of fellow pro-Europeans. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has made waves in the UK after launching his campaign to tackle child hunger. The 22-year-old has found support from various celebs such as Gary Lineker, Keir Starmer and Ed Davey. However, some people have been vocal on social media in opposing Marcus and his charity work, including Katie Hopkins, and most recently, right-wing blogger David Vance. What did David Vance say on Twitter? It all began when Marcus replied to a tweet from Kevin Hollinrake, a Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton who said: "Where they can, it's a parents job to feed their children." Marcus responded: "I would urge you to talk to families before tweeting. To this day I haven't met one parent who hasn't wanted or felt the responsibility to feed their children…" This was where David Vance decided to comment, and he replied to Marcus' tweet with a statement which many Twitter users deemed "disgusting" and "vomit inducing." He wrote: "Hello @marcusrashford, unfortunately there is a disproportionate problem in the (UK) Afro- Caribbean community of black men abandoning their pregnant girlfriends, never to be seen again. In order to understand your comment below, can you confirm whether you have ever met your father?" This content could not be loaded Disgusting comments towards @MarcusRashford, a young man who has had a hugely positive impact in this country, both on and off the pitch David Vance is a disgrace. It is well overdue for this despicable individual to be removed from this platform pic.twitter.com/Uvd4n0rBpn — Az (@AzTheBaz) September 7, 2020 The tweet is no longer available on David Vance's timeline. This content could not be loaded I would urge you to talk to families before tweeting. To this day I haven't met one parent who hasn't wanted or felt the responsibility to feed their children… — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 6, 2020 Who is David Vance? David Vance is a right wing blogger, located in the UK. He has amassed over 170 thousand followers on Twitter, where he mostly discusses politics. His Twitter header is a quote which reads: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." David also uses his Twitter to promote another page, called AltNewsMedia, which states in its bio: "Global News, Politics. FIGHT the Fake News Media." Twitter reacts to David Vance's tweet The majority of Twitter users who have spoken out about David's tweet seem to be on the same page, and have taken to the social media platform to share their views. Many suggested reporting David's tweet and his page for hate speech: This content could not be loaded Right David Vance needs to go… go to his profile report his tweet where he mentions rashford as hate. He needs to go the same way as hopkins. — get katie hopkins removed (@katie_get) September 7, 2020 This content could not be loaded Reported that David Vance tweet to Marcus Rashford. — Sh1r (@__ShirMcC__) September 7, 2020 This content could not be loaded Just seen that David Vance tweet to Rashford. I urge you to report it. Its not about left or right wing politics. Vance belongs in the same bin as Hopkins. — Chris Tye (@chris_a_tye) September 7, 2020 Others decided to show their support for Marcus, and congratulate him for all the great work he has done: This content could not be loaded If David Vance had the intention of making Marcus Rashford even more universally popular, whilst simultaneously making David Vance disappear from public platforms, his goal is met — Chris Lowndes (@chrislowndes) September 7, 2020 This content could not be loaded Rashford's father would have something to be proud of which I'm guessing is more than David Vance's can say — Eva Ward (@EvaWardStrath) September 7, 2020 This content could not be loaded Marcus Rashford- has gone above and beyond to inspire millions and help the working classes in the UK. David Vance- racist man who tweets vile things for attention because he has no actual relevancy. In other news, Brownie picture riddle on Facebook revealed - here's the answer!