Lionel Messi just reached 200 Million followers on Instagram and refuses to celebrate amidst Social media and or Online Abuse
Two days ago, Barcelona skipper, Lionel Messi reached a landmark 200 Million followers on Instagram. Instead of the of celebrating, the skipper took on his social media account to denounce online abuse.
Lionel Messi: “I see that i have just reached 200M followers on Instagram, but given what is happening today, i am not going to take it as a reason to celebrate.”
Lionel Messi: “I think the time has come to give importance to the people behind each profile, to realize that behind each account there is a person of flesh and blood.”
Lionel Messi: “We live together seeing and experiencing abuse, more of it and worse each time on each network, without anyone doing anything to stop it.”
Lionel Messi: “I would like you, the 200 million people who follow me, to become 200 million motivations to make social media networks safe and respectful places.”
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Lets take a look at some online abuses from English Premier league
David McGoldrick (Sheffield United)
Tyrone Mings (Aston villa)
As recently as last month, Tyrone Mings was racially abused on social media.
“Please don’t feel sorry for us, just stand side by side in the fight for change.
“Social media isn’t getting any safer without it…”
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Tammy Abraham on being abused on social media:
“In my head I was wondering if it was worth all the stress because I was getting abused on Twitter.
“There were a lot of racist comments, people saying I wasn’t good enough to be playing for Chelsea.”
Reece James (Chelsea) on racism
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Thierry Henry (Montreal FC)
Henry: “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.”
There a lot and countless cases like this around the world right. The question remain that what is really the cause? Who can we tackle it?
Does it really have to be this way? Of course NOT.
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