Police apologise to Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma and Facebook after administrative blunder

Police apologise to Arnaut Danjuma and Facebook after administrative blunder meant Instagram could not provide information about account that targeted Bournemouth star with Islamophobic abuse

  • Bournemouth were furious with social media platforms Instagram and Twitter 
  • They failed to provide them with information about accounts targeting players
  • Dorset Police confirmed the requests were rejected but have now apologised 
  • An administrative error meant the relevant information could not be given 

Dorset Police have issued an apology to Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma and Facebook for an administrative error that meant the Dutchman’s online abuser escaped possible prosecution.

On Wednesday, Sportsmail revealed the Cherries were left furious with social media platforms Instagram, who are owned by Facebook, and Twitter for failing to provide them with the relevant information about two accounts that targeted Junior Stanislas and Danjuma for racist and religious abuse.

Dorset Police released a statement to this newspaper confirming their requests for information had been turned down by the technology giants.

Dorset Police have issued an apology to Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma after an error meant his online abuser escaped possible prosecution

Bournemouth were left furious with Instagram and Twitter after failing to provide them with relevant information about two accounts

Bournemouth were left furious with Instagram and Twitter after failing to provide them with relevant information about two accounts

But in a new statement released late on Thursday night, the police has been forced to acknowledge that the reason Instagram could not provide them with the necessary information about the account that targeted Danjuma with Islamophobic abuse was down to their own error.

A spokesman said: ‘Dorset Police released a statement to the Daily Mail on Wednesday 28 April 2021 in relation to two reports of racially aggravated malicious communications that were received by two AFC Bournemouth players.

‘The first part of this statement remains accurate, however, it was brought to our attention by Facebook that there were inaccuracies in the second incident, which involved them.

‘Having looked into this further it has been established that the report was initially sent to the wrong social media company.

The two accounts targeted Junior Stanislas (left) and Danjuma for racist and religious abuse

The two accounts targeted Junior Stanislas (left) and Danjuma for racist and religious abuse

‘As a result of this administrative error Facebook would not have been in a position to be able to provide us with the data and information required.

‘We would like to publicly apologise to AFC Bournemouth, their player and Facebook and we are sorry for any impact this may have caused.

‘We have carried out an internal review in order to identify any learning and we will continue to liaise with Facebook regarding this matter.

‘It is important to stress that Dorset Police condemns hate crime of all forms and we are committed to continuing to work with local football clubs and social media companies to investigate these offences and ensure victims are supported.

In relation to the incident involving Danjuma, Dorset Police’s original statement read: ‘A further report was received that another player from AFC Bournemouth had received racially aggravated malicious communications on a different social media site on Thursday 11 March 2021.

The police now acknowledge Instagram could not provide them with the necessary information due to their own error

The police now acknowledge Instagram could not provide them with the necessary information due to their own error

‘Again, enquiries were carried out and a timely submission was made to the relevant social media platform for information relating to the account involved the following day.

‘After a further submission we received a response on Tuesday 27 April 2021 advising records of the account involved had been deleted as it had been more than 30 days.

‘Without this information officers have been unable to carry out further enquiries and the investigations have now concluded.

‘As with any investigation, we will explore any new lines of enquiry should they emerge in the future.’

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