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English football to boycott social media this weekend

30 Apr 2021
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All sides of the game join forces to demand change ahead of social media boycott starting on Friday

Social media companies must do more to stop online abuse.

That is why this weekend, the Premier League and our clubs will join other leagues, governing bodies and organisations across English football and wider sport to boycott social media and demand change.

The Premier League and our clubs will switch off Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts across a full fixture programme, from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April until 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.

The League will also pause publishing on its YouTube channel during the boycott.

Why are we boycotting social media?

We want social media companies to do more to prevent the online discriminatory abuse received by players and many others across the world, which goes without any real-life consequences for the perpetrators.

We know that a boycott alone will not eradicate this, which is why we will continue to take proactive steps to call for change.

We will not stop challenging social media companies until discriminatory online abuse is removed from our game and wider society.

What change do we want to see?

We are asking for significant action from social media companies, including:

- Preventative filtering and blocking measures to stop discriminatory abuse being sent or seen.
- Accountability for safety on their platforms and protection of users by implementing effective verification.
- Ensure real-life consequences for online discriminatory abuse: ban perpetrators, stop account re-registration and support law enforcement.
- A warning message to be displayed if a user writes an abusive message and a requirement to enter personal data if they wish to send the message.
- Platforms to have robust, transparent and swift measures in place if abusive material is sent or posted.
- Dedicated reports on the work social media companies are doing, internally and externally, to eradicate discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

"The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred"

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters

We are also urging the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse we are seeing players receive on social media platforms cannot be allowed to continue.

"The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred.

"We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

"Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger.

"No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling discrimination."

Earlier this year, the Premier League launched its No Room For Racism Action Plan, outlining a series of commitments aimed at creating greater access to opportunities and career progression for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football, and actions to eradicate racial prejudice.

See: Premier League announces No Room For Racism Action Plan

The commitments build on the existing action taken by the Premier League and clubs to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

Through the Premier League's online monitoring and reporting systems, we support players, managers and their families who suffer discriminatory online abuse.

We take immediate action on all cases and investigate every report received, with legal action taken where possible.

How can you help?

By reporting online discriminatory abuse, you can help stop this unacceptable behaviour and protect other people from seeing the abusive content. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate.

See: How to report abuse on social media

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