Participants in the boycott will switch off Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts across a full fixture programme, from 3pm on Friday 30th April until 11:59pm on Monday 3rd May.
Why are we boycotting social media?
We want social media companies to do more to prevent the online discriminatory abuse received by players and many others across the world, which goes without any real-life consequences for perpetrators.
We know that a boycott alone will not eradicate this, which is why we will continue to take proactive steps to call for change. We will not stop challenging social media companies until discriminatory online abuse is removed from our game and wider society.
What change do we want to see?
We are asking for significant action from social media companies, including:
- Preventative filtering and blocking measures to stop discriminatory abuse being sent or seen.
- Accountability for safety on their platforms and protection of users by implementing effective verification.
- Ensure real-life consequences for online discriminatory abuse: ban perpetrators, stop account re-registration and support law enforcement.
- A warning message to be displayed if a user writes an abusive message and a requirement to enter personal data if they wish to send the message.
- Platforms to have robust, transparent and swift measures in place if abusive material is sent or posted.
- Dedicated reports on the work social media companies are doing, internally and externally, to eradicate discriminatory abuse on their platforms.
We are also urging the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms.
Writing in his matchday programme column, Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish commented: "The campaign reaffirms the widely-held view amongst football administrators, players and officials that social media companies must do even more to eradicate online abuse.
"The collective sentiment from within the game is that enough is enough, and as a club we proud to support the campaign."
Manager Roy Hodgson echoed this view in his own notes, saying: "Racism and abuse are scourges in both society and football, and, as has been shown with force recently, it is in the hands of people and organisations to drive change. I sincerely hope we are taking a step closer towards that today."
Earlier this year, the Premier League launched its No Room For Racism Action Plan, outlining a series of commitments aimed at creating greater access to opportunities and career progression for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football, and actions to eradicate racial prejudice.
The commitments build on the existing action taken by the Premier League and clubs to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
How can you help?
Join the boycott. Stand with clubs, leagues, players and fellow supporters across the country and abstain from using social media between 3pm on Friday 30th April until 11:59pm on Monday 3rd May.
Additionally, by reporting online discriminatory abuse, you can help stop this unacceptable behaviour and protect other people from seeing abusive content. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate.
If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination on social media, you can report it via Kick It Out’s online reporting form or their reporting app, which is available on both iOS and Android. You should also make your local police force aware by filing a report here.
If you see a post on social media you believe is discriminatory, you can report it to the site or platform where it was posted. They have people who will review your report and decide on taking it down. Click on the relevant links below for how to report for each platform: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | Snapchat | YouTube
It's time to step up.