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Thierry Henry quits social media

  

 

Former French national team striker Thierry Henry has said he is quitting all social media until platforms do more to tackle racism and harassment, becoming the latest celebrity to scale down their online presence over abuse. 


In a statement shared with his combined 14.8 million followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, the former Arsenal player said he would remove himself from all social media as of Saturday.


“The sheer volume of racism, bullying, and resulting mental torture is too toxic to ignore,” he wrote, calling for greater “accountability” online.


“It is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence and still remain anonymous,” he added.


“Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I’m hoping this happens soon.”


Like many tech giants, Twitter is under increasing scrutiny for facilitating torrents of invective against users, commonly from anonymous accounts, in posts that are often racist or misogynistic.

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