Yorkshire and Lincolnshire football clubs demand end to racism on social media as 4-day boycott finishes | Calendar
Football clubs in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have joined calls from across sport for social media companies to take definitive action to end online abuse and root out racism on their platforms.
The demand follows a four-day social media boycott that saw much of British football fail to post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat in an attempt to force social media giants to crack down on racism on their platforms.
A statement from the Premier League and its member clubs said: “English football, sports organizations and people around the world have come together over the weekend to boycott social media and urged platforms to do more to address discriminatory online abuse to stop.”
“We are now calling on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to use their power to make change and ensure that there are real sanctions for online hatred.
“We invite these social media companies to respond to our requests for action.”
Leeds United, Sheffield United and Harrogate Town were among several who posted the statement on Twitter using the hashtag #StopOnlineAbuse.
The statement said they would continue to urge social media companies to make changes to their platforms and urge the government to intervene.
Other clubs across the calendar region, including Lincoln City, also called for changes on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Tony Burnett, CEO of Kick It Out, told Sky News, “Enough is enough. If nothing changes, we will continue to work for the four things we have asked for – that is, more prevention.” [harmful] Things don’t get on the platforms and are dismantled faster.
Kick It Out, as well as England’s top sports organizations, want social media platforms to introduce better account verification, tougher penalties for those who commit racist abuse and for the government to hold social media companies accountable.