Thierry Henry has announced that he will withdraw from social media until the various platforms start to take racism seriously.
The Frenchman, who recently resigned his job as CF Montreal coach for family reasons, released a statement on Twitter on Friday saying he would step down from social media the next morning.
He said: “Hi guys, starting tomorrow morning, I will be withdrawing from social media until those in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigor and ferocity as they do. currently do when you infringe copyright. “
The former Arsenal and Barcelona player added: “The sheer volume of racism, intimidation and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There has to be some accountability. It’s far too easy to create an account, use it to intimidate and harass harmlessly, and remain anonymous. Until this changes, I will deactivate my accounts on all social platforms. Hope this will happen soon. “
Several footballers have been racially abused online recently and shortly after Henry’s tweet, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden said: “No one should have to shut down social networks because of abuse. Social media companies need to do more to tackle this problem and we are introducing new laws to hold platforms to account. It’s complex and we have to get it right, but I am absolutely committed to tackling racist abuse online. ”