Former France international, Thierry Henry has announced quitting social media, and expects that his decision to back away from social media will motivate others to face racist abuse and harassing on the web.
The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, announced on Friday March 27 that he would quit using his social media accounts until tech organizations roll out more improvements to consider users responsible for their actions.
In April 2019, professional footballers in England and Wales boycotted social media for 24 hours, but Henry is ostensibly the most unmistakable name in the game to carry out a more extended term blacklist.
His decision follows a new pace of online racist abuse focusing on Black soccer players. Rangers player Kemar Roofe and Manchester United team Anthony Martial and Fred are the only absolute most recent players to get racist messages on their social media accounts.
Henry, who has 2.3 million followers on Twitter, says although online media has its own advantages, some users send their posts in a significantly more ‘messy’ way. As indicated by the former striker, it’s not a safe place and a safe environment. People hide behind fake account and misbehave.
Henry, 43, says he took motivation from former athletes, like boxer Muhammad Ali, who was blunt about friendly issues and points, for example, the Vietnam War.
Henry, who is no more the lead trainer of CF Montreal, says racism in soccer had been an issue all through his career and has recently spoken about the maltreatment he got as a player.
“Things are a tiny bit better in the stadium but now the problem has moved on social media, where people can hide,” he added.
“You can always say: ‘Oh, it’s difficult to trace who it is.’ You close that account, they can open another one. So you only move the problem.
“When you see a comment on social media, although you had one million that were good, you’re going to concentrate on the bad one because that’s the one that’s going to hurt,” Henry revealed.
“Sometimes you try to figure it out. What shall I do? Who am I? Is what they’re saying, is it right? Is it true? Am I like this? Just imagine a kid going through those questions that I can hardly sometimes deal with.”
Meanwhile, in 2020, Facebook and Instagram announced they would set up a group to battle racism and different types of segregation on their platform and access racial inclination in their calculations.
In October and December a year ago, Instagram made a move on 6.6 million bits of disdain discourse content on its platform, over 90% of which they found before anybody reported it to them.
The social media platform are working with others to drive cultural change through action and education. In the interim, Twitter have also denounced racism in all forms, having definitely no space on their service. Twitter is a safe place to express yourself and follow the conversation about football, without fear of abuse or intimidation.
Henry wants to see how we can eradicate that bit of racism and how we can all move on from it.