Swansea City Football Club has announced that the club will boycott all social media platforms for a week to protest against racism and online abuse after three players became victims in less than two months.
Swansea player Ben Cabango was the first to be targeted while on international duty with Wales followed by Yan Dhanda after the FA Cup loss to Manchester City while Jamal Lowe is the latest.
“This decision has been taken as a result of conversations between senior club staff, players, and management. As a football club, we have seen several of our players subjected to abhorrent abuse in the past seven weeks alone, and we feel it is right to take a stand against behavior that is a blight on our sport, and society at large,” said the Swansea Club press statement.
For one week, all their players, and their staff will not post any content on social media, and the club will not post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube, or TikTok to pressure the platforms in the fight against online discrimination.
Swansea chief executive Julian Winter had also sent a letter to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and Facebook’s founder, chairman, and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to reiterate the club’s stance and desire to see social media companies improve policing and punishing abuse on their platforms.
Facebook said they would comply and be more stringent when dealing with abuse.