#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | Thierry Henry: Social media is not a safe place, there is harassment


Thierry Henry believes that social media is no longer a safe place for football players, who are often getting abused through comments on their accounts.

The former Barcelona striker has grown frustrated by the racial abuse and bullying on social media and recently decided to disable all his social accounts.

“Recently it’s been coming quite a lot, players getting abused,” Henry told Good Morning Britain.

“I just think that it is not a safe place at the minute.

“People are getting racially abused but, when you see the statement, I talk also about bullying and harassment that can cause mental issues.

“People commit suicide because of it.

“It’s very difficult to eradicate everything, but can it be safer?

“We all know that it is a great tool but a lot of people are using it as a weapon. Why? Because they can hide behind fake accounts.

“I know that a little portion of the world are using it as a weapon.

“Can it be safer? That’s all I am asking. I will be back on it, when it’s safe.”

Henry’s social media statement

Henry took to Instagram last Friday to announce his decision to quit social media, but didn’t rule out reactivating his accounts if the platforms take measures against cyberbullying.

“Hi guys, 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,” Henry wrote on Instagram.

“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 any consequence and still remain anonymous.

“Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I’m hoping this happens soon.”





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