Social media boycott: Premier League clubs join four-day move to tackle abuse

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English football clubs and organizations will boycott Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for 4 daysPremier League, English Football League and Womens Super League clubs will join in a four-day boycott of social media platforms in an effort to combat abuse and discrimination.The boycott will begin on 30 April.The Football Association, as well as league bodies and other organisations, including anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out, will likewise be included. »The Football Supporters Association, League Managers Association, Women in Football, Womens Championship and its clubs as well as refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have actually likewise committed to the boycott of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.The relocation will come 3 weeks after Swansea City turned off their social media accounts for a week to make a stand against abuse following a number of their gamers being targeted.Championship rivals Birmingham City and Scottish champs Rangers followed Swanseas lead in announcing a boycott of social media.Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry eliminated himself from all social media in March since of racism and bullying throughout platforms.In an interview with BBCs Newsnight programme, the 43-year-old said « enough was enough » and that he had to make a stand versus bigotry on social media.Earlier in April, Liverpool stated racist abuse on social media « can not be permitted to continue » after Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane were targeted in April.A joint declaration from English footballs governing bodies said the boycott is a way « to stress that social media companies must do more to get rid of online hate », while also « highlighting the significance of informing individuals ». »Social media companies require to be held responsible if they continue to fall short of their social and ethical responsibilities to address this endemic problem.