Tyrone Mings urges football world to boycott social media in an attempt to force them to deal with abuse
Tyrone Mings is urging the WHOLE football world to boycott social media in an effort to force them to tackle abuse on their platforms … as he admits it could impact ‘their profit and engagement’ to change people like Twitter enforce and Instagram
- Social media platforms are under increasing pressure to prevent online abuse
- Thierry Henry has distanced himself from the websites to emphasize the lack of action
- Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has suggested a massive boycott could help
- Mings said it could be a blow to platforms’ involvement to force real change
Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has suggested that players and clubs alike may need to boycott the use of social media to force the platforms into radical change.
Thierry Henry said he would be moving away from an online presence on Twitter and Facebook to highlight the lack of action against abuse.
Mings has thrown his support behind Arsenal legend Henry’s stance – admitting that the football world showing unity may be necessary to unleash a crackdown.
Tyrone Mings urged football world to boycott social media platforms to force change
He told Sky Sports News“I think it could reach a stage where the only alternative, if social media companies aren’t doing enough, is we show unity and all get loose, and by everything I mean the clubs.
If the clubs don’t post, unfortunately the fans have nothing to offer, and it is clear that these social media platforms are engagement and viewer-driven.
But how do you make your point? How do you get people to take you seriously? Sometimes you have to hit those companies where it hurts, and that’s in their profit and their involvement.
Twitter and Instagram have been criticized for failing to tackle vile abuses
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‘Who knows? Maybe someday it will come to that, I hope it doesn’t.
“I hope they are proactive about online abuse, but I certainly respect what Thierry Henry has done.”
Now that a large number of footballers have seen abuse against them in recent months, the pressure on organizations has increased to do more to prevent it.
In his interview with Sportsmail, Henry disclosed that he wants better accountability introduced, with all users verified using official documentation.
Thierry Henry revealed he was deleting his accounts because ‘the torture is too toxic to ignore’
However, the 43-year-old was keen to emphasize that he does not want to take young people away from using the networks.
As part of the effort to increase efforts to stop online hatred, Mings was part of a group of former and current players who spoke with the government.
The athletes held talks in January about ongoing processes to address abuse.
The government will try to pass new laws to hold social media platforms accountable for addressing the problem.
Mings suggested it could be a hit with engagement on platforms to get them to deal with abuse
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden hopes to speed up the legislation – fining businesses for not removing content that would be ‘illegal on the street’.
“More needs to be done and people should be held accountable for the platforms on which they get people to say these things,” Mings added.
“I understand it’s a process, and we’re not there yet, but more needs to be done to protect players and people in general on social media.”
Oliver Dowden says the government hopes to speed up laws to hold sites accountable