British football authorities unite for three-day social media boycott on online abuses.

Football's governing bodies to unite for three-day social media boycott next weekend; FA, Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will not post during boycott; suspension to last from 3pm on Friday to 11.59pm on Monday

Football's governing bodies will stage a social media boycott next weekend "in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online".

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for the boycott from 3pm on Friday April 30 until 11.59pm on Monday May 3.

The action will see clubs from the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women's Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari says a weekend-long collective social media boycott from English football is a 'call to action' for tech companies and the government to stamp out online abuse

A joint statement on behalf of all of the organizations said: "As a collective, the game recognizes the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

"However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasize that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

"Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

"Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge 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, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week." - Skysports.




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