UEFA joins English football social media boycott to help fight against “cowards”

UEFA has announced that they will be joining the social media boycott in an attempt to force the hands of social media companies in the ongoing fight against online abuse.

The boycott, which will begin tomorrow at 3pm, will last four days and finish at 3pm on Monday.

In a statement on their website, UEFA has announced their intention to join the boycott which is being spearheaded by a coalition of stakeholders.

It read: "UEFA has announced it will join a coalition of English footballing stakeholders, including the Football Association and the Premier League, by taking part in their social media boycott. UEFA will stay silent across its platforms this weekend.

“There have been abuses both on the pitch and on social media. This is unacceptable and needs to be stopped, with the help of the public and legislative authorities and the social media giants.

"Allowing a culture of hatred to grow with impunity is dangerous, very dangerous, not only for football, but for society as a whole.

“This is why we are supporting this initiative. It is time for football to take a stand and I have been impressed with the solidarity shown by the players, clubs and stakeholders."

Earlier today, England Cricket and England Rugby both announced their intention to join the boycott; they followed Budweiser in organisations outside of football joining the boycott.

Media companies such as Sky Sports have also announced their intention to join.

Facebook announced in February that stricter measures would be taken to prevent online abuse.

Whilst, Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – announced a filter to block abusive messages from accounts they do not follow on the platform.

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