Newcastle United Official Statement – Social Media Boycott Announced
In an official statement, Newcastle United have revealed they will boycott social media.
The boycott is part of a coordinated campaign and will see Newcastle United join clubs, players and football organizations in a massive social media boycott next weekend.
This is in response to the continued and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by gamers and many others connected to the game.
The social media boycott will start at 3 p.m. on Friday April 30 and last until 11.59 p.m. on Monday 3 May, so for NUFC this will be based on the before, during and after Newcastle’s home game against Arsenal on Sunday next (kick off 2 p.m.).
This massive modern day problem is of course not limited to football.
It’s pretty ridiculous how Facebook and Twitter don’t feel pressured into trying to stop the abuse their platforms carry, by attacking all kinds of people from all walks of life.
People are allowed to post things anonymously, often threateningly and despicably, with women often the targets of the worst excesses.
Hopefully this temporary social media boycott is a small step towards improving the situation, but the reality is that the government (s) need to get the social media company (s) to do what is necessary. , because the idea of their self-control is enough to be a total joke.
Newcastle United official Declaration:
Newcastle United will join football clubs, players and organizations in a massive boycott of social media channels next weekend in response to the continued and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others related to the game.
The club’s message to social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook – which also owns Instagram – is clear: “You need to do more.”
The social media boycott will span a full fixture schedule from 3 p.m. BST on Friday April 30 to 11.59 p.m. Monday May 3, including Newcastle United v Arsenal on Sunday.
Rather than using social media platforms, the club will instead post important information – including team news – only on its official website, nufc.co.uk, while updates Live and audio commentary will be available in the site’s Match Center.
The boycott is supported by the FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and FSA – and supporters and the community of the football as a whole are encouraged to participate.
As a collective, the game recognizes the tremendous reach and value of social media to our sport. Connectivity and access to supporters, which are at the heart of football, remain vital.
However, the boycott shows English football coming together to stress that social media companies need to do more to eradicate hate online, while stressing the importance of educating people in the continued fight against discrimination.
In a joint letter from February 2021, English football presented its demands to social media companies, urging the filtering, blocking and prompt removal of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, as well as a active assistance to law enforcement to identify and prosecute. authors of illegal content.
While some progress has been made, we reiterate these demands today with the aim of stemming the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensuring that there are real consequences for providers of online abuse across all platforms. -forms.
The boycott of isolated football will of course not eradicate the scourge of discriminatory online abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is ready to take voluntary and proactive steps in this ongoing struggle.
Finally, as football takes a stand, we urge the UK government to ensure its Online Safety Bill introduces strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms. forms, as reported at the DCMS Roundtable on Online Abuse earlier this week.
Clear message from football
Edleen John, FA Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs / Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Partner:
“It is simply unacceptable that people in English football and in society in general continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real consequences for the perpetrators. This needs to change quickly and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to fix it.
“We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with the government to ensure that the Online Security Bill gives Ofcom sufficient regulatory and oversight powers. Social media companies must be held accountable if they continue to fail in their moral and social responsibilities to tackle this endemic problem.
“We recently saw how powerful it can be when everyone comes together for the good of English football. We call on organizations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any way. form whatever.
Premier League Managing Director Richard Masters:
“Racist behavior in any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse that we see players receiving on social media platforms cannot continue.
“The Premier League and our clubs stand with football in organizing this boycott to underscore the urgent need for social media companies to do more to eradicate racial hatred. We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle discriminatory online abuse on their platforms.
“Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all walks of life and this diversity makes the competition stronger. No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and fight discrimination. “
Trevor Birch, Director General of the EFL:
“EFL clubs have clearly expressed a desire to take a united stand against heinous racist, discriminatory and threatening abuse on social media platforms which we fully support alongside the rest of the football family.
“While we recognize the value and role that social media plays in our game, online abuse will not be tolerated and we will continue to firmly seek all avenues available to us to effect change.
“The boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area, but further underscores the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwanted behavior that appears on their platforms.”
Simone Pound, EDI Director at PFA:
“Social media channels represent an extension of the work environment for professional footballers and, as a players’ union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our members and the community at large from online abuse. .
“As part of our work to resolve this issue, which began with the #Enough 24-hour social media channel boycott, the PFA lobbied for collaboration across platforms, gaming, government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face on a daily basis.
“In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behavior is unacceptable.”
Sanjay Bhandari, President of Kick It Out:
“Social media is now unfortunately a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those in power. We need you to take action. We need you to create the change.
“We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for the trolls rather than the football family. We need the government to keep its cool and keep its promises to regulate. The online safety bill could be a game-changer and we aim to help. There should be no room for hatred and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work or love the game, join it. “
Richard Bevan, Director General of the LMA:
“The LMA fully supports the boycott of social media in professional gaming. Unified silence will send a strong and powerful message to those who commit abuse online that their actions will no longer be tolerated, and to social media companies that they have a responsibility to do everything in their power to eradicate hate. online.
“We also urge the government to understand the importance of this collective action and to ensure that its online safety bill delivers sufficiently strong legislation.”
Kevin Miles, Executive Director of the Football Supporters’ Association:
“The Football Supporters’ Association fully supports the game’s efforts to end hate and discrimination online and will join the social media boycott next weekend. Much of the media attention has rightly been focused on the vile abuses against players, managers and journalists in men’s and women’s football and we see this was aimed at fan groups as well. It has to stop.
“Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have been subjected to disgusting abuse when they do nothing more than try to represent their fan base. It is a threat to the very existence of supporters’ organizations which are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans, we stand alongside players, managers, referees and everyone else in calling on social media companies to step up. “