Lancashire Cricket to support social media boycott
Club to join major sports organisations in social media boycott this weekend
Lancashire Cricket will stand as a group alongside the other 17 First-Class counties, the ECB, PCA, EFL, FA, the Premier League, the FA Women’s Super League, Premiership Rugby, Lawn Tennis Association and many more in not posting any content on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook from 3pm on Friday 30 April to 11.59pm on Monday 3 May.
Major sports clubs across the UK are taking a stand in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to sport, whilst calling on the social media companies to do more to stop hatred and discrimination from occurring online.
Joining the social media boycott will mean that Lancashire Cricket’s social media accounts will not post any content from the second session onwards on Day Two of the men’s LV= Insurance County Championship fixture away to Sussex, the women’s T20 doubleheader at home to Scotland A on Monday or from its Lancashire Cricket Foundation and Emirates Old Trafford accounts.
The Club has also asked that its players, staff, and supporters join us in the boycott.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive of Lancashire Cricket commented: “Lancashire Cricket fully supports the social media boycott across professional cricket in England and by many other major sports organisations.
“Whilst we appreciate the power and importance of social media in connecting with our supporters and growing Lancashire Cricket across the world, we have also sadly witnessed the vile and vicious abuse which takes place on those platforms daily.
“This needs to change quickly and Lancashire Cricket now call upon the social media companies to be far more proactive in introducing filters, blocking and enhanced verification processes across their platforms.
“We also join our fellow Club’s in urging the UK Government to understand the significance of this collective stance and to ensure that its Online Safety Bill delivers appropriately strong legislation.”
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: “As a sport, we are united in our commitment to fight racism and we will not tolerate the kind of discriminatory abuse that has become so prevalent on social media platforms.
“We’re proud to add our voice to all those across sport who are sending the message that more can, and must, be done to eradicate online hate.
“Social media can play a very positive role in sport, widening its audience and connecting fans with their heroes in a way that was never possible before. However, players and supporters alike must be able to use these platforms safe in the knowledge they do not risk the prospect of facing appalling abuse."
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