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Mings urges football to boycott social media for racial abuse

Sun 04 April 2021 | 10:37

Supporting Thierry Henry’s decision to leave social media platforms, Tyron Mings wants the football community to follow Henry’s footsteps if calls for change go unanswered.

"I think it might get to a stage where the only alternative, if social media companies aren't doing enough, is that we show unity and all come off and by all I mean the clubs as well," Mings told

Sky Sports

News.

"If the clubs aren't posting anything, the fans have nothing to engage with unfortunately and obviously these social media platforms are engagement driven and viewer driven.

"But how do you make your point heard? How do you get people to take you seriously? Sometimes you have to hit those companies where it hurts and that's in their profit and their engagement.

"Who knows maybe it might get to that one day, I hope it doesn't, I hope they are proactive in dealing with online abuse, but I certainly respect what Thierry Henry has done."

As part of a group of former and current footballers who held talks with the government concerning growing racial abuses, Mings accepts change can be slow but urges social media companies to protect everyone on social media.

"Social media and online abuse is genuinely killing people, people are committing suicide because of what they're seeing, what they're receiving and the perception that they're gaining based on what other people are telling them they are on social media," said the defender.

"Online abuse is so rife and so horrible because it is personal, you have to either respond to what someone said or go out of your way to tag someone in a tweet and write quite derogatory words to them.

"People often say, 'If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem', and if these companies aren't doing anything proactively to try and fix that then people will have to act differently and try and come off social media.

"There has to be more that can be done and people have to be held accountable for the platforms that they allow people to say these things on. I understand it's a process, and we're not there yet but there has to be greater strides towards protecting players and people in general on social media."


source: SportMob