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Social media boycott: Football clubs, players & sporting bodies begin protest

English football and cricket clubs and institutions will boycott Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for four days Football clubs, players, athletes and a number of sporting bodies have begun a four-day boycott of social media in an attempt to tackle abuse and discrimination on their platforms. It began at 15:00 BST …

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Social media boycott: Premiership Rugby & English cricket joins football in move to tackle abuse

English football and cricket clubs and institutions will boycott Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for four days Rugby union and cricket will join football’s social media boycott to tackle abuse and discrimination. Premiership Rugby, clubs and the Rugby Players’ Association will be involved. The England and Wales Cricket Board, first-class counties, …

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Kick It Out would back Premier League-wide boycott of social media

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is one of a number of players to have been racially abused on social media Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out says it would back a Premier League-wide boycott of social media in protest at online racist abuse. Swansea, Birmingham and Scottish champions Rangers are boycotting social …

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The English cricketer turned elite Madden gamer

Liam O’Brien is ranked number one in the UK on the Madden NFL computer game “It’s bonkers, isn’t it?” laughs Liam O’Brien. “The Americans probably think I’m some bloke who’s played the game all his life. Imagine if they knew they were getting beaten by a skinny cricketer from Brighton …

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'Delete abusers' accounts but educate them' – former Wales striker Rob Earnshaw

Players such as Ben Cabango and Rabbi Matondo should be able to enjoy social media without fear of abuse Social media companies must delete the accounts of users who abuse other people online, says Rob Earnshaw. But the former Wales striker said this must also go hand in hand with …

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'I play digital music through my 1949 radio'

By Alex CockeramBBC News image copyrightRob Seawardimage captionRob says the original valves on his Murphy A146 still work today When we think of technology our imagination usually takes us to images of the future. But for some, technology links us to the past – whether for nostalgia or for personal …

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Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

image copyrightReutersimage captionFacebook said it was making the change “with a heavy heart” Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information. Australians woke up on Thursday to find the Facebook pages of all local and …

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Yan Dhanda: Social media firms 'adding fire to hate' says Swansea midfielder

Dhanda is one of a handful of British Asians currently playing professional football in the United Kingdom Swansea City attacking midfielder Yan Dhanda says the lack of action taken by social media companies over online abuse is giving people “the green light to go and do it again”. Facebook has …

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Facebook 'horrified' by online abuse of Premier League footballers

Facebook ‘horrified’ by online abuse of footballers – head of content policy Fadzai Madzingira speaks to BBC sports editor Dan Roan Facebook says it is “horrified” at the continued online abuse of footballers and has announced what is says are tougher measures to tackle the issue. The social media platform …

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Duke of Cambridge: Football Association president calls for racist abuse of footballers to stop

Marcus Rashford played in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Saturday The Duke of Cambridge has called for racist abuse aimed at footballers to stop, calling it “despicable”. Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was the latest player subjected to racist abuse this weekend after a series of incidents. On …

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