Thierry Henry announces he is STOPPING social media ‘until Instagram and Twitter rulers regulate their toxic platform’ in violation of ‘mental torture’ from uncontrolled racism and bullying
- Thierry Henry has announced that he will be leaving social media tomorrow
- The Arsenal legend says there must be ‘accountability’ for online trolls
- Henry, 43, says his accounts will be shut down until platforms make changes
Thierry Henry will distance himself from social media until the platforms start to take racism seriously.
The Arsenal legend, 43, says he won’t return until companies regulate online abuse “ with the same vigor and brutality ” as they tackle copyright infringements.
Henry, who recently left his role as the Montreal Impact head coach, has 10 million followers on his Facebook page, along with 2.7 million on Instagram and 2.3 million on Twitter.
Thierry Henry has announced that he will shut down his social media accounts tomorrow
The Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to combat ‘bullying and racism’
Henry said, “I will remove myself from social media until those in power can regulate their platforms with the same force and brutality as if you were infringing on copyright.
The sheer magnitude of racism, bullying and the resulting mental torture for individuals is too toxic to ignore. There must be some responsibility.
‘It’s far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence, and still remain anonymous. Until this changes I will be disabling my accounts on all platforms. ‘
Meanwhile, Hamza Choudhury has revealed that the support of his Leicester teammates helped him cope with racist abuse online.
Choudhury, 23, was targeted by social media after a game against Liverpool in October 2019 and his club reported the abuse to the police.
The midfielder said, “I took a screenshot and put it in our team group chat. Everyone said how disgusting it was.
They said they were sorry there were such people. I immediately felt a lot better knowing you are not alone. ‘
A host of stars, including Man United star Fred, have been viciously racially abused this season
The teammates Marcus Rashford (L) and Anthony Martial (R) of the Red Devils have also been mistreated
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Oliver Dowden responded to Henry’s announcement and echoed the Frenchman’s call before adding that the government must pass laws to make platforms accountable.
He said: ‘Nobody is allowed to turn off social media for abuse. Social media companies need to do more to address this and we are introducing new laws to hold platforms accountable.
“This is complex and we need to get it right, but I am absolutely committed to tackling racist abuse online.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says new laws will be made in the wake of Henry’s statement
Football faces growing concern about player abuse on social media platforms, with stars regularly being targeted.
Manchester United midfielder Fred suffered vicious racial abuse following the FA Cup quarter-final exit to Leicester last week, in which the Brazilian made a mistake that led to Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener.
Red Devils teammates Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe have also been abused online during this campaign.
England international Rashford spoke out after being targeted after United’s draw against Arsenal in January.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was left ‘disappointed’ after a teenager who sent him abusive behavior was not sentenced
‘Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes, I am a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no comment, will make me feel different. So I’m sorry if you were looking for a strong response, you just won’t get it here. ‘
Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt took out one person after receiving racial abuse following the Eagles’ 0-0 draw against United. The fullback was called a ‘monkey’ by the Instagram user.
Match of the day pundit and Arsenal icon Ian Wright was left ‘disappointed’ after a teenager who abused him on Instagram was denied a criminal conviction.
Patrick O’Brien, 18, sent 20 vicious messages to Wright in May 2019 after losing a match in FIFA. The Irish teenager was on probation.
“I can only wonder what a deterrent is to anyone else spitting out these kinds of nasty racist outbursts,” Wright said. ‘I’m disappointed. I’m tired. We are all tired. ‘