Arsenal players discussed the prospect of following the example of their club legend Thierry Henry and boycotting social networks.
Arsenal has further increased the pressure on social media companies to tackle the problem by launching their own campaign called #StopOnlineAbuse.
Gunners players across the club have been heavily involved in broad discussions on the issue ahead of Tuesday’s launch of their own action plan to help stamp out “hateful, racist and discriminatory words.”
Arsenal players discussed social media boycott to fight online abuse
The move would also allow the club’s women’s team to quit sites like Twitter and Instagram.
And among the conversations held between club chiefs and players on the men’s and women’s teams, the idea that they take matters into their own hands and all get out of sites like Twitter and Instagram has been raised.
Henry became the most prominent sports star to decide that was enough and quit social media.
The former attacker deactivated his accounts on Saturday promising not to reactivate them until companies “regulate their platforms with the same vigor and ferocity that they do now when you infringe copyright. “.
He added: “It is far too easy to create an account, use it to intimidate and harass harmlessly and remain anonymous. The sheer volume of racism, intimidation and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore.
Arsenal icon Thierry Henry has stepped up pressure on social media companies to tackle the problem by deactivating his accounts and promising not to reactivate them until their platforms are regulated.
Arsenal legend called on social media companies to do more to tackle ‘bullying and racism’
Arsenal said: “In football and beyond, we have seen an online world poisoned by hateful, racist and discriminatory words. We cannot underestimate the impact of violence on individuals and the recent wave of violence must be a wake-up call.
“We must all work together to drive this behavior away. We know we have a critical role to play in bringing about real change. “
A number of Arsenal stars are among footballers who have fallen victim to heinous racist abuse on social media, including Eddie Nketiah, Willian and Granit Xhaka.
Xhaka has also spoken out about the issue, having also received sickening messages aimed at her family.
For now, Arsenal are dealing with each incident on a case-by-case basis, with any calls for further action as a group led by their players.
But there is a growing sense among Premier League clubs that, with the continued absence of any firm action from social media companies, a tipping point is looming and it won’t be long before all the a club team decides to take a collective stand.
Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah is one of many players to endure social media abuse this season
Willian revealed last month he was racially abused on Instagram after a match
The Brazilian posted on his story the two different direct message threads on Instagram
Arsenal has released a four-point list of requests to social media companies, including adding their voice to calls for users to be verified with ID, offensive messages blocked even before they’re received, and as sites dramatically improve their metrics to deal with posts.
Also as part of their campaign, Arsenal have set up a task force made up of senior officials from across the club to provide “emotional and practical” support to their players if they are victims of abuse.
This will include members of the club’s legal, security and stadium teams, as well as the management team and the media and communications department.
This approach will allow them to advise their players on how to protect and manage their accounts, but also to be on hand to help them in the event of abuse.
Arsenal also reiterated their vow to ban any member guilty of sending abuse and to support any legal action that may follow.