Thursday, August 18, 2022
HomeTop NewsLionel Messi joins football's social media boycott as he demands action to...

Lionel Messi joins football’s social media boycott as he demands action to be taken against online abuse.

Published on

3,563FansLike
3,200FollowersFollow
1,200FollowersFollow

Lionel Messi joins football’s social media boycott as he demands action to be taken against online abuse.

Lionel Messi joins football's social media boycott

 Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi has thrown his weight behind British football’s social media boycott and asked the major platforms to take quick response on perpetrators of online abuse.

This development comes at a time when Facebook, who owns Instagram are accused of turning a blind eye to discrimination after it emerged the social media giant failed to act on a report of racism from a Premier League club.

FIFA, UEFA, and broadcasters BT Sport and Sky Sports together with clubs and players from the Premier League and Football League came together in solidarity this weekend in a blackout of social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in an effort to put stress on the social media companies to do more to stop the growing wave of abuse.

And now the Barcelona star Messi, who ranks as the seventh-most followed personality on Instagram in the world and urged his 200 million followers to charge social media companies into taking action.

ALSO READ:

“I believe the moment has arrived for us to realize that there is a flesh and blood person behind every profile, someone who laughs, cries, enjoys, suffers, human beings with feelings.

“Nobody deserves to be ill-treated or insulted. We see and experience increasingly worse abuse on social media and nobody is doing anything to prevent it.

“We should condemn this hostility in the strongest possible terms and demand that the social media networks take urgent measures against this behavior.”

“I would like the 200 million people that accompany me online to become 200 million reasons to make social media a safe place of respect where we can share what we want to without fear of being insulted, or have to face racism, abuse, and discrimination.”

Escalating pressure has pushed Facebook to act. Following talks with players, they are proposing a tool that filters any direct message requests on Instagram that contain offensive words, phrases and emojis. They also aim to make it more difficult for someone a player has blocked from reaching them again through a new account.

A Facebook spokesperson informed The Mail on Sunday:

 “No one should have to experience abuse anywhere, and it’s against our policies to harass or discriminate against people on Instagram or Facebook. We have already made progress on many of the players’ suggestions, including taking tougher action against people breaking our rules in DMs [direct messages].

“Starting next week, we’ll provide new tools to help prevent people seeing abusive messages from strangers. We continue to work with UK police on hate speech, and respond to valid legal requests for information, which can be essential for investigations.

“We’ll continue listening to feedback and keep fighting hate and racism on our platform.

ALSO READ:
.LIKE OUR: FACEBOOK PAGE                                               JOIN OUR: Telegram Group.
JOIN OUR: Facebook Group.                                             JOIN OUR: Telegram Channel.

Lionel Messi joins football’s social media boycott as he demands action is taken against online abuse.

READ MORE

Click to connect!

Follow us on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/sportsdias

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

popular

More like this

Europa League group stage draw: Who can play who? Key dates, teams involved as Manchester United and Arsenal discover fate

Manchester United and Arsenal will find out who their Europa League group stage opponents will be next week, as the race to Budapest gets underway.

The total points Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can afford to drop in PL title contest based on last five Man City seasons

Liverpool have made a poor start to the Premier League, and there is little room for error.

Man Utd pinpoint ‘perfect’ keeper to rival David de Gea following Brentford disasterclass

Manchester United are interested in signing Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as their No. 2 after identifying the Bosnian stopper as the 'perfect' backup to David de Gea.

Erik ten Hag calls up 40-goal Manchester United academy striker to first team training

Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to the first team, and the young striker was photographed in training on Wednesday.