Social media boycott: Soccer joined by sporting our bodies in four-day boycott

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English football and cricket clubs and institutions will boycott Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for four days

Leading football clubs and players will be joined by a number of sporting bodies in a four-day boycott of social media platforms from Friday in a move to tackle abuse and discrimination.

The “show of solidarity against online abuse” hopes to encourage companies to take a stronger stance against racist and sexist abuse on their platforms.

Rugby union, cricket and rugby league will join football in the boycott.

It will start at 15:00 BST on Friday, and end at 23:59 BST on Monday.

“This boycott signifies our collective anger,” said Sanjay Bhandari, the chairman of anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out.

“By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.”

Who is taking part?

Among the organisations boycotting Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are:

  • Football: Clubs from the Premier League,…

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