Social media companies must do more to stop online abuse. That’s why this weekend we’re coming together with English football and other sports and organizations to boycott social media and demand change.

Barnsley FC will join the EFL, English football and sport at large in deactivating our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, from 3pm on Friday 30th April until 11.59pm on Monday 3rd May.

Why do we boycott social networks?

Following proposals from EFL clubs earlier this month, Barnsley FC, the EFL and the game at large as a collective want to demonstrate our collective anger at the constant abuse on social media received by footballers and people in the game, as well as others around the world. , which goes without any real consequence for the authors.

We know that a boycott alone will not be enough to eradicate the scourge of discriminatory online abuse, which is why we will continue to take proactive steps to call for change. We won’t stop challenging social media companies until we see enough progress.

What change do we want to see?

  • We demand meaningful action from social media companies, including:
  • Apply preventive filtering and blocking measures to prevent the sending or viewing of discriminatory abuse
  • Be responsible for security on the platforms and protect users by implementing effective verification
  • Ensure the real consequences of discriminatory online abuse: ban perpetrators, stop re-registration of accounts and support law enforcement
  • A warning message to display if a user writes an abusive message and must enter personal data if they want to send the message
  • Platforms to put in place robust, reliable and rapid measures in the event of the sending or publication of abusive material
  • Transparent quarterly reports on the work social media companies are doing, internally and externally, to root out abuse on their platforms

We are also urging the UK government to ensure that its Online Safety Bill introduces strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms.

How can I help you?

If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination on social media, you can report it to Kick It Out via their online declaration form or through their reporting app available on both iOS and android. You should also notify your local police department by filing a report here.

You can also report posts on the respective social media channels using the following links: Facebook | instagram | Twitter | ICT Tac | Snapchat | Youtube

By reporting online abuse, you can help stop the behavior and prevent others from seeing the abusive content. Online abuse does not have to be experienced directly by someone for that person to report. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate they see.