English football is set to boycott social media over sustained racist abuse online
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The world of English football is set to unite behind a social media boycott in a bid to combat the sustained racist abuse received by players online.
(CNN)The world of English football is set to unite behind a social media boycott in a bid to combat the sustained racist abuse received by players online.
In a joint statement, the group said the boycott hoped to "emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate. "
The joint statement also referred to an open letter signed by English football in February which urged social media companies to filter, block and quickly take down offensive posts, while improving the verification process of accounts.
Social media companies have come in for widespread criticism for allowing continued racial abuse of footballers on their platforms.
When asked for comment on the recent announcement, a Twitter spokesperson said: "Racist behavior, abuse and harassment have absolutely no place on our service and alongside our partners in football, we condemn racism in all its forms.
Earlier this month, Championship club Swansea City and players from Scottish Premiership club Rangers boycotted social media for a week after their stars were targeted online.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry also announced he would come off his accounts until social media companies did more to stop online abuse.
The group also urged the UK Government to bring in legislation "to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms. "
"This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. "