Celtic to reportedly take four-day social media boycott to combat racism
Celtic will take a four-day social media boycott along with the rest of the SPFL clubs in a bit to combat racism, according to the Daily Record.
The Hoops are one of the most active clubs online and boast the biggest following of any Scottish club on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. However, it appears that all of those social media sites will see a period of inactivity.
The Daily Record has reported that the SPFL has been in talks with all 42 clubs. This has been to try and get their opinion over the last couple of days on whether to join English football in taking a temporary boycott of social media.
This comes after the English game announced its intentions to do the same over the weekend [BBC]. The main goal is to ensure that social media companies do more to halt the spread of racism that remains rife on their platforms.
Celtic’s boycott would be scheduled to take place from Friday until midnight on Monday. This would work in coordination with England’s plan.
Celtic making the right social media move along with the rest of Scottish football
Credit to the game in Scotland for taking this stance. You simply can’t argue that there have been too many race-related incidents on social media. Particularly when it comes to footballer engagement with fans.
Celtic have had one of their own players experience the abhorrent abuse in recent months. Shane Duffy was subject to disgraceful comments on Instagram, with the player himself calling it out [Irish Examiner].
Only earlier this month, Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was racially abused after City’s 2-1 loss to Leeds United [Sky Sports]. Too often, individuals are hiding behind their screens and feel they’re safe to spout whatever nonsense they like.
It remains to be seen what kind of impact this boycott has of course. It’s the first of its kind from football clubs across Britain. And, if necessary, perhaps even a stronger one may need to take place in the future if things continue.
Hopefully, however, the current boycott has the desired impact. Racism is becoming far too normalised on social media.