Ex-Premier League club Swansea will hold a seven-day social media blackout to combat abuse and discrimination on digital platforms, although some fans have suggested the gesture is futile.
The announcement was made early Thursday afternoon.
In a caption to a post on Twitter, the club said, “Swansea City has chosen to take a club-wide stance in the fight against abuse and discrimination of all kinds on social media.
“Starting at 5pm today, we will not post any content on our official social media channels for seven days,” he continued along with the hashtag “EnoughisEnough”.
In a separate statement on the Welsh team’s official website, it was stated that the decision was made “on the basis of discussions between senior club officials, players and management”.
“As a football club, we have seen some of our players suffer from horrific abuse in the last seven weeks alone and we feel it is right to stand up against behavior that is harmful to our sport and society at large.” It went on, offering support to players in other outfits who “suffered horrific discrimination on social media platforms”.
Swansea said they are also “very aware of how social media can affect the mental health of players and staff, and we hope our strong stance will highlight the wider effects of abuse”.
“Something has to change soon,” insisted, while managing director Julian Winter will contact his colleagues on Twitter and Facebook regarding the matter.
At last. A club with balls ⚽️ 👏👏👏👏👏 It’s a shame this can’t be coordinated with other clubs doing the same thing. The ultimate endgame should be a new social media platform where nameless, unverified trolls can’t just inexplicably notify high profile people
– Bradley (@mrbradleygrant) April 8, 2021
This has no effect. Social media users should upload an ID and be blocked for life. This is not going to work.
– Robcafc (@crimp_it) April 8, 2021
Some fans rushed to greet the decision.
“Finally. A bat with balls,” one user wrote alongside a series of clapping emojis.
“It’s a shame this can’t be coordinated with other clubs doing the same thing. The ultimate endgame should be a new social media platform where nameless, unverified trolls can’t just inexplicably notify high-profile people,” he added.
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But the naysayers predicted it would “have no effect” until social media users “upload an ID and be banned for life.”
“That will work, not that,” it was concluded.
“I don’t think this is a good idea. It means the perpetrators win. No boycott shows the club is strong and goes against them,” added another.
“Excellent. Racism is defeated,” read a sarcastic response.
Championship Club Swansea is currently aiming for a return to the riches of the Premier League and is in fourth place with seven games. They are a full 10 points behind auto promotion which means their most likely route out of the league is through the play-offs.
The club’s move to social media comes after former Arsenal and France star Thierry Henry announced he has left numerous platforms until it is “safe” to return. He accuses Twitter of doing more to stop copyright infringement than stopping racism.
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