Swansea City announce week-long social media boycott to tackle abuse

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Swansea City are currently fighting for promotion back to the Premier League

Swansea City have announced a week-long social media boycott on all platforms to combat abuse and discrimination.

Players, including first team, academy sides and women’s team, staff and the club’s official accounts will stop posting from 17:00 BST on 8 April.

Swansea’s Jamal Lowe, Ben Cabango and Yan Dhanda have been racially abused on social media in the past two months.

“We hope that this stance across the club will be supported by everyone,” said Swansea City captain Matt Grimes.

“As a close and diverse group of players, this is something we all feel extremely passionate about.

“I find it staggering that we are still talking about racism and abuse of this kind.

“We are acutely aware of the pressures within football at this level, but it shouldn’t be underestimated as to how such levels of abuse can affect someone.”

Updates from the club’s upcoming fixtures against Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as any latest news, will continue to be published on the club’s official website.

The club’s chief executive Julian Winter has sent letters to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, and Facebook’s founder, chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to ask for “more stringent policing and punishments for those guilty of the appalling and cowardly abuse”.

In February 2020, Facebook said it was “horrified” at the online abuse at footballers and announced a change to the rules governing direct messaging on Instagram, a platform it also owns.

In the same month the UK government threatened social media companies with fines which could amount to “billions of pounds” if they fail to tackle abuse on their platforms.

“We wanted to take this stance as we again call on those at the forefront of social media companies to implement the change that is needed now and in the future,” added Grimes.

“Social media has provided so many positives over the last decade, however the sickening and vile abuse that we are seeing on a daily and weekly basis is wholly unacceptable.

“We are a family and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with each other, whether that’s on the pitch or helping to fight injustice off of it.”

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