Chippenham Town Football Club to join Social Media Blackout

Published: at 8:26pm

A press release regarding next week’s Social Media Blackout.

Chippenham Town Football Club will join fellow football clubs, and governing bodies in a Social Media Blackout next weekend, to raise awareness of online abuse.

Our Social Media platforms will go offline and will not post anything on (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Linkedln from 3pm on Friday 30th April, until midnight on Monday 4th May 2021.

Chippenham Town Football Club’s message is strong and clear, there is no place in our game nor our society for racism, antisemitism, homophobia, sexism or any form of discrimination.

We must create a environment on Social Media where hateful and discriminatory actions are as unacceptable online as they would be on our streets.

However, we believe that social media companies should be doing more to tackle hateful, abusive and discriminatory behaviour on all platforms. While some progress has been made recently, it is still far too easy to share and amplify discriminatory abuse online. We cannot sit back as players, their families, staff and fans continue to suffer the impact and effect of this senseless hate.

We therefore join the English football family in using this boycott to highlight the need for greater action from the platforms, including filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content.


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