On Friday, former Arsenal and France star Thierry Henry announced that he will remove himself from social media for an indefinite period of time. The reason? Racism and bullying across these platforms.
“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,” the 43-year-old said in a post on his Twitter account.
The Frenchman (who has 2.3 million followers on his Twitter account and 2.7 million followers on his Instagram account) also said that the problem was “too toxic to ignore”.
On the other hand, he called for more action and mentioned the serious things that abusive behaviour on the Internet can cause.
“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. The sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore,” he wrote.
Henry did not rule out using social media in the future: “Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I’m hoping this happens soon.”
Social media companies have said they are working to solves this problem.