Bristol Rovers F.C will be participating in a boycott of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will take place between 3pm Friday 30th April and 23.59pm Monday 3rd May.
Discriminatory abuse continues to plague these social platforms, with footballers regularly targeted by online attackers. The boycott serves as an act of unity within the wider footballing world, to demand change from the social media platforms we use day to day.
The boycott has been led jointly by the FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA.
This season one of our own, Mark Little, was subjected to this kind of online attack via Instagram, saying in an interview with the club at the time, "By the time this interview finishes, you could've abused 10 people, deleted your account and moved away.
"It's the negative side of it (social media) and that's what we need to eradicate."
Across the football industry, we understand football clubs can be powerful forces for good, and have a responsibility to support and bring on social change. It is imperative that social media is a safe place for everyone, and we hope to educate and guide our fanbase in a positive direction, while social platforms make progressive changes to protect their users.
Small steps have been made by social media companies in recent months, with new filtering protocols, but more needs to be done to stamp out discriminatory abuse online.
We ask all supporters to respect this boycott and the reasoning behind it.
Enough is enough.
The club will not be posting on its Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts during the boycott period, but will continue to post content to the website bristolrovers.co.uk, including live updates in the match centre from Saturday's game.