Rangers have confirmed that the club will meet with social media giants Facebook and Instagram as they launched a boycott by players and management of the platforms to highlight lack of accountability and responsibility over abuse on their platforms.
From 7pm tonight, players and management will stop using their various social media platforms, joining other clubs who have also announced similar moves such as Swansea City.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 8, 2021
With Rangers players like Kemar Roofe and Glen Kamara on the end of sickening racist abuse on daily basis, the players and management will take one week away from social media as they called on the government to step in and regulate social media platforms.
Managing director Stewart Robertson confirmed the move, calling for steps to be taken as the club “considers all options” to continue putting pressure on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to take control of the problem, saying: “We can confirm that as a board and as a club, we are fully behind our players and management on this issue.
“Furthermore, we have arranged to meet Facebook and Instagram to underline our growing concerns.
“Having spoken to a wide range of clubs across the United Kingdom, we know these concerns are shared by all clubs and it is fair to say everyone is losing patience with the lack of action from social media companies.
“Rangers hope is that clear and direct action is taken from social media platforms. The basic verification of users, as part of the sign-up process, to any social media platform, will ensure that users are both identifiable and accountable for their actions and words. We will raise this next week in our scheduled meetings.
“Rangers has driven its flagship Everyone Anyone campaign forward rigorously, drawing praise and support from fellow clubs, governing bodies and politicians, and we will continue to stand firmly against all forms of discrimination. Enough is enough.
“We would hope that social media companies recognise the benefit of verified accounts. If they don’t, it is time for government to step in and legislate. As a club, we will continue to consider all options which increase pressure on social media platforms until they begin working proactively in the interests of wider society.
“The Rangers players and management will begin their boycott from today (8th April) at 7pm for one week.”
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