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Thierry Henry taking a stand against online abuse is a huge positive, hopefully the social media world takes note


IT is a hugely positive step someone with the profile of Thierry Henry has taken a stand against the ‘mental torture’ of online racial abuse and bullying.

The Arsenal legend says he will shut down his social-media accounts “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”.

Thierry Henry’s stand against online abuse will hopefully make the world take note

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Thierry Henry’s stand against online abuse will hopefully make the world take noteCredit: AFP
Troy Deeney writes exclusively for SunSport

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Troy Deeney writes exclusively for SunSportCredit: The Sun

I hope this pushes the message and makes people take note, because it’s not acceptable to allow anonymous abuse.

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The best part is that it has come from a legend who is so relevant as a football icon, manager and TV personality.

He has said, ‘I’ve decided it’s not OK to continue getting abused online’.

It shows it’s not just current players but black people in general, being abused online with hateful messages.

Until social-media companies are held accountable, people are going to continue getting away with it.

The whole action of ‘taking a knee’ was to raise awareness about racial abuse and inequality.

And I believe each person has an obligation to keep that message alive — not just to influence social-media companies — but governments as well.

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