I’M GLAD to see the four-day social-media blackout has included women’s football.
Sometimes in the past when men’s football has taken a stand against issues, people haven’t considered how women’s football is affected.
Alex Scott hopes football’s social media blackout is the start of things to come in regard to tackling onlineabuse
Casey Stoney called out Mark Zuckerburg for failing to protect individuals from abuse on his social media platforms Facebook and Instagram
It’s important to understand that female players are hit with the same horrific abuse that male players suffer.
Man United boss Casey Stoney recently called out Facebook and Instagram chief Mark Zuckerburg for not doing enough after Lauren James was racially abused again.
She was hit with vile comments when she put up a picture of her hugging her little sister on Instagram last week.
Liverpool’s Rinsola Babajide revealed she had been abused on Instagram, leaving her “feeling sick”.
And after other users reported racist abuse on Babajide’s account they were stunned when Instagram replied: “We’ve reviewed the account and found that it doesn’t go against our community guidelines.”
Horrific abuse like that shows how prevalent this issue is.
Hopefully this weekend’s boycott sends a strong message but I just hope that come midnight on Monday things just don’t go back to normal.
We always need to think about how we can keep moving forward and progressing.
This is the first step but I hope those higher up are planning for what action to take next.
It shouldn’t just be on the likes of Thierry Henry’s shoulders, after he deleted his social media accounts five weeks ago in a stand against online abuse.
When we come together it’s powerful.
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