Arsenal’s Leah Williamson has backed a call for clubs to boycott social media in a bid to force companies to take abuse seriously.

Leah Williamson The Scotsman 13 April 2021
Leah Williamson The Scotsman 13 April 2021

As the movement against social media grows, Leah Williamson has added her voice to calls for clubs to boycott the platforms until they take action to stamp out the horrendous abuse suffered by so many.

“Unfortunately members of the team and the wider squad have experienced abuse,” Williamson said.

“We all stand together in terms of our viewpoint on it and how unacceptable it is, and 100 per cent I think a lot of the team would join collective action if that was deemed to be the most effective, because something needs to change.

“If that’s the best way to do it, then 100 per cent, any collective action, whether that be come off it, or take the same action on the platforms, I’m sure a lot of the girls would commit to that.”

Premier League clubs are set to boycott social media for a single weekend in a bid to hammer home the point, but 48 hours is unlikely to exact lasting or signifigant change.

An exclusive in Tuesday’s Daily Mail, wrote, “Premier League clubs are ready to call a blanket boycott of social media for a round of fixtures before the end of the season.

“A growing number of sides want to send out a powerful message that racism will not be tolerated — after the torrent of abuse suffered by players over recent months.

Daily Mail back page, 13/4/21 Premier League social media boycott
Daily Mail back page, 13/4/21 Premier League social media boycott

“They believe a synchronised approach, which would see all clubs swerve the likes of Twitter and Instagram during a matchday weekend, would not only be symbolic but show a united front and ramp up pressure on social media firms.

“The idea of a boycott from this Friday at 5pm through to 9am on Monday has been floated, but it is thought unlikely to gain enough traction because this weekend’s Fa Cup semi-finals mean a number of top clubs are not in action.

“As revealed last week by Sportsmail, English football’s key stakeholders met yesterday to discuss what would be an unprecedented blackout.”

Thierry Henry has already removed himself from social media platforms although this has had little effect.

The abuse continues and companies like Facebook and Twitter still operate a multi-tier system in terms of which guilty parties they ban and who they let continue to issue torrents of abuse.