In solidarity with the football family, Scottish Cycling will be joining this weekend’s social media boycott in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse which sportspeople and others continue to receive online.
The boycott will run from 15:00 on Friday 30 April through to 23:59 on Monday 3 May and cover Scottish Cycling’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels. While the blight of online abuse impacts different sports in different ways, we stand in solidarity with all of those who have suffered or continue to suffer abuse, and hope that this weekend’s action will force social media companies to bolster and accelerate their efforts to tackle the issue.
Tom Bishop, President of Scottish Cycling said; "Scottish Cycling is united in it's commitment to fight racism and will not tolerate the discriminatory abuse that has become prevalent on social media. Social media has the power to positively impact sport, bringing fans closer to their heroes and giving athletes a voice."
"However, everyone must be able to use these platforms safe in the knowledge they are not at risk of facing abuse. We are proud to show our support for this social media boycott and hope the initiative will go a long way to enacting real change across all platforms."