Thierry Henry announces he’s QUITTING social media ‘until Instagram and Twitter’s people in power regulate their toxic platform’ in stand against ‘mental torture’ from unchecked racism and bullying
- Thierry Henry has announced that he will leave social media tomorrow
- The Arsenal legend says there needs to be ‘accountability’ for online trolls
- Henry, 43, says his accounts will be disabled until platforms make changes
Thierry Henry will leave social media tomorrow after the Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to tackle ‘bullying, racism and resulting mental torture’ that is ‘too toxic to ignore’.
The Frenchman, who left his position as manager of MLS side CF Montreal, took to Instagram to share his thoughts on social platforms’ regulations, with a host of footballers suffering racist abuse online this season.
‘From tomorrow morning I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigour and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright,’ the 43-year-old wrote to his 2.7m followers.
Thierry Henry has announced that he will disable his social media accounts tomorrow
The Arsenal legend called on platforms to do more to combat ‘bullying and racism’
‘The sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There HAS to be some accountability.
‘It is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence and still remain anonymous.
‘Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I’m hoping this happens soon.’
A host of stars, including Man United star Fred, have received vile racist abuse this season
Football has faced growing concerns surrounding the abuse levelled at players on social media platforms, with stars regularly targeted.
Manchester United midfielder Fred received vile racist abuse following United’s FA Cup quarter final exit to Leicester last week, in which the Brazilian made an error leading to Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener.
Red Devils team-mates Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe have also been abused online this campaign.
England international Rashford spoke out after being targeted following United’s draw at Arsenal in January.
‘Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here.’
Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt outed an individual after receiving racist abuse following the Eagles’ 0-0 draw with United. The full back was called a ‘monkey’ by the Instagram user.
Match of the Day pundit and Arsenal icon Ian Wright was left ‘disappointed’ after a teenager who abused him on Instagram was not given a criminal conviction.
Patrick O’Brien, 18, sent 20 vitriolic messages to Wright in May 2019 after losing a game of FIFA. The Irish teenager was given probation.
‘I can only wonder what deterrent there is for anyone else who spouts this kind of vile racist abuse,’ said Wright.’I am disappointed. I’m tired. We are all tired.’
More to follow.