Arsenal shines in talks with BOYCOTT’s social media, following the lead of club legend Thierry Henry
Arsenal stars were able to follow social media BOYCOTT and follow club legend Thierry Henry’s lead in the fight against online abuse after their ex-striker said he shut down his accounts until the big companies started regulating their platforms
- Arsenal players have been in talks about moving away from social media platforms
- The club has launched a campaign to combat online abuse
- Thierry Henry has shut down his accounts in protest against social media companies
- Gunners icon promised not to reactivate them until their platforms are regulated
Arsenal players have held talks about the prospect of following their club legend Thierry Henry’s lead and boycotting social media.
Arsenal has further increased the pressure on social media companies to address the problem by launching their own campaign called #StopOnlineAbuse.
Gunners’ players from across the club have been deeply involved in widespread discussions of the issue leading up to Tuesday’s launch of their own action plan to eradicate “ hateful, racist and discriminatory words. ”
Arsenal players have been in talks about boycotting social media in the fight to stop online abuse
The move would also make the women’s side of the club from sites like Twitter and Instagram
And in between the conversations between club chiefs and players from both the men’s and women’s teams, the idea emerged that they would take matters into their own hands and that they were all coming from sites like Twitter and Instagram.
Henry became the most controversial sports star to decide enough was enough and quit social media.
The former striker disabled his accounts on Saturday and pledged not to reactivate them until the companies “ regulate their platforms with the same vigor and brutality they currently do if you infringe copyright. ”
He added: ‘It’s far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence, and still remain anonymous. The sheer amount of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture for individuals is too toxic to ignore. ‘
Arsenal icon Thierry Henry increased pressure on social media companies to address the issue by shutting down his accounts and pledging not to reactivate them until their platforms are regulated
The Arsenal legend called on social media companies to do more to fight ‘bullying and racism’
Arsenal said: ‘In football and beyond, we have seen an online world poisoned by hateful, racist and discriminatory words. We cannot underestimate the impact of abuse on individuals and the recent wave of abuse should wake us up.
‘We all need to work together to dispel this behavior. We know we have a critical role to play in driving real change. ‘
A number of Arsenal stars were among the footballers who have been victims of horrific racist abuse on social media, including Eddie Nketiah, Willian and Granit Xhaka.
Xhaka also spoke out on the matter after also receiving nauseating messages aimed at his family.
For now, Arsenal is handling each incident on a case-by-case basis, with each call for further action as a group led by their players.
But there is a growing feeling among Premier League clubs that, in the absence of any firm action from the social media companies, there is a tipping point and it won’t be long before the whole squad of a club decides to take a collective stand. .
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah is one of the players to be abused on social media this season
Willian revealed last month that he was racially abused on Instagram after a match
The Brazilian posted the two different direct messages on Instagram on his story
Arsenal has compiled a four-point list of demands on social media companies, including adding their voice to calls to authenticate users with an ID, blocking offensive messages before they are even received, and that sites should take their measures to prevent abuse. to improve significantly. messages.
As part of their campaign, Arsenal has also set up a task force of senior officials from across the club to provide ’emotional and practical’ support to their players if they are abused.
That includes members of the club’s legal, security and stadium teams, as well as the executive team and the media and communications department.
That approach allows them to advise their players on how to protect and manage their accounts, as well as to help if they become abused.
Arsenal also reiterated their pledge to ban any member guilty of sending abuse and support any legal action.