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PST To Join This Weekend's Social Media Boycott
by the PST board

Added on 29 April 2021

The PST stands alongside football, and the wider sporting community, in supporting this weekend's social media boycott. We will not be posting any content on our social media channels between 3pm on Friday 30 April and midnight on Monday 3 May.

We urge all social media companies to do more to combat online hate and ensure that social media is a place where people can communicate with each other without fear of discrimination or abuse.

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will all be particpating in the boycott, 

The participating English football organisations released a joint statement on Saturday:

"As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

"However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

"Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

"Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week."

For further reading, the FSA have provided some background information regarding this important campaign - https://thefsa.org.uk/news/english-football-announces-social-media-boycott/

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