Leeds United return to social media with a demand for Facebook and Twitter

Leeds United have returned to social media today after their weekend boycott with a strong message for Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:52 am
STRONG MESSAGE - Leeds United returned to social media today with a demand for further action from Facebook and Twitter over abuse on their platforms. Pic: Getty

The Whites joined forces with their Premier League rivals and clubs across the country to silence their social media accounts from Friday afternoon until Tuesday morning. There was no social media coverage of their game at Brighton or the Under 23s' final outing of the season, a 5-2 win over Burnley that was followed by trophy celebrations for the PL 2 Division Two title winners.

A host of media outlets and sporting organisations also boycotted social media as part of a campaign to protest the level of discriminatory abuse being dished out on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Leeds re-emerged on their social channels this morning with a message calling on social media companies to take further action over users sending abusive messages.

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The statement read: ""English football, sporting organisations and people across the world united over the weekend to boycott social media, challenging platforms to do more to stop online discriminatory abuse. We now call on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to use their power to affect change and ensure there are real-life sanctions for online hate.

"We invite these social media companies to respond to our requests for action."

Earlier this season Leeds United player Gjanni Alioski was the target of abusive messages following the game against Arsenal at Elland Road. Both he and Gunners player Nicolas Pépé were sent messages that included racist insults, homophobic slurs and death threats. More recently former Whites striker Kemar Roofe was subjected to numerous racist direct messages and comments on his social accounts.

Over the weekend Swansea player Morgan Whittaker became the fourth at his club to have been racially abused since February. Police are investigating after the 20-year-old was targeted following his goal against former club Derby County on Saturday.