French international, Thiery Henry is set to quit social media as he takes a stand against social media platforms across the world over their inability to curb the menace of racial abuse and online cyberbullying.
According to Henry, he will temporarily be leaving social media until online abuse is treated with the “same vigour and ferocity” as copyright infringement issues are treated by social media companies.
In a tweet via his official Twitter page which has 2.3 million followers, Thierry Henry said: “From tomorrow (Saturday) morning I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigour and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright…
From tomorrow morning I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigour and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright…. pic.twitter.com/gXSObqo4xg
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) March 26, 2021
“The sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There HAS to be some accountability. It is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence and still remain anonymous.
“Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I’m hoping this happens soon.”
Henry’s stance against social media companies amidst constant racial abuse metered against people of colour especially footballers is the first of its kind in the global footballing space.
However, Henry’s official Facebook page has 10m followers while he has a further 2.7m followers on Instagram.