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Swansea City to boycott social media following "abhorrent" racial abuse

Swansea City players and staff have confirmed they will boycott social media for one week after "abhorrent" racial abuse on its platforms.

Swansea City to boycott social media following "abhorrent" racial abuse

The latest incident involving the team came after Swansea's fixture against Birmingham City on Friday, which saw Jamal Lowe racially abused on his Instagram platform the next day.

It is the third incident where a Swansea player has been subjected to racist abuse on social media since February, leading to what is now a boycott of social media from the team.

The other two incidents involved Yan Dhanda after their FA Cup loss to Manchester City and Ben Cabango who was targeted whilst on international duty with Wales.

The Championship side have previously urged social media platforms to do more to tackle online abuse but have now opted for a more extreme measure by stepping away from it for one week.

Facebook, who also own Instagram, have claimed that they do not allow for abuse to occur on their respective platforms.

A spokesperson for Facebook said: "We don't want discriminatory abuse on Instagram or Facebook.

"We share the goal of tackling it and want to hold people who share it accountable. We do this by taking action on content and accounts that break our rules and cooperating with law enforcement when we receive a valid legal request.

"We also recently announced that we'll take tougher action when we become aware of people breaking our rules in DMs and we have built tools to help protect people, including the ability to never receive a DM from someone you don't follow.

"This work is ongoing and we are committed to doing more. We also know these problems are bigger than us, so are working with the industry, government and others to collectively drive societal change through action and education."

Swansea's boycott follows a number of cases of racial abuse on social media in the sport, including from fellow Championship side Brentford FC, who brought to light the racism aimed towards forward Ivan Toney.

In the Premier League, Manchester United's Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Fred have also found themselves the subject of racism.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has also taken to boycotting social media until more is done to prevent the abuse many people are becoming a victim of.

Author: Jake Wilkin