This is an iconic hero whose humility, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, continues to inspire as he, and his family, spearhead appeals to fund research into the illness, and also build a new centre in Leeds.
Yet, as pressure grows on social media platforms to take affirmative action against fraudsters and trolls, the onus is now on Twitter’s executives to remove the bogus accounts and pass any information it has about the offenders to West Yorkshire Police.
And this brazen criminality is even more reason why social media platforms must require users to provide verifiable information about their identity.
It’s the very least that they can do for Rob Burrow – and all those who have become victims of social media’s flaws.
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