Thierry Henry has stated that he will quit social media until online abuse is regulated, after claiming "it is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence and still remain anonymous."
The footballing legend, who recently left his role as head coach at Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Montreal Impact, is demanding that social media companies take accountability of the abuse that occurs on their platforms and will remain off of it until it is not as easy to create an account to harass somebody else anonymously.
The former striker, who played for clubs including Arsenal, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls, launched a scathing attack on what would likely be one of the last times on social media for the foreseeable future.
He said: "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 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.
"Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I'm hoping this happens soon."
Henry's vow to quit social media comes after a number of football players have reported receiving racial abuse on social media platforms, including Marcus Rashford, Reece James and most recently, Manchester United midfielder Fred.
Author: Jake Wilkin