Sport in Staffs is joining English football in boycotting social media from 3pm on Friday, April 30 to 23:59pm on Monday, May 3.
We are calling for social media companies and the UK Government to do more to tackle the abhorrent online abuse, often racial and discriminatory, directed at other fellow human beings.
The punishments, or lack of, handed to users who exhibit such behaviour is beyond disappointing – it’s unacceptable.
We gather that many other sports news outlets, club and organisations outside of football are joining in with the blackout too.
Only unity will put an end to online abuse.
That is why we urge our readers, too, to join the boycott and take a stand against such unacceptable behaviour, not just on digital platforms but as a society as a whole.
As a purely voluntarily run local sports news outlet, social media is our main source of readership and rely on such platforms to bring 90% of our audience.
But some things come before personal gain so that is why, without hesitation, we are joining in the social media blackout.
We hope more sports and non-sports organisations and agencies recognise this too and also down social media tools for four days.
Let’s all make a stand together.
Here is a list of anti-discrimination and anti-online-abuse charities and organisations that can be donated to:
Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) – https://www.sariweb.org.uk/
Stop Hate UK – https://www.stophateuk.org/
Cybersmile – https://www.cybersmile.org/
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – https://stephenlawrenceday.org/
Race On the Agenda – https://www.rota.org.uk/
Show Racism The Red Card – https://www.theredcard.org/
Kick it out – https://www.kickitout.org/
Support Line – https://www.supportline.org.uk/