Cesar Azpilicueta: If the company does not prevent abuse, players are ready to boycott social media again

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Earlier this year, players and clubs in the Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Premier League and Women’s Champions League, as well as game management agencies and organizations, such as Kick It Out, closed their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for three days.

The organization stated in a joint statement at the time that the boycott was intended to “emphasize that social media companies must take more measures to eliminate online hatred.”

However, many players-including Marcus Rashford, Jaden Sancho, Bukayo Saka and Wilfrid Zaha-still suffer racist abuse on social media.

When asked if the players would consider boycotting again, Aspilicueta replied: “If we have to do this, of course we can. Social media is in our lives. As I said before, the clubs, the Premier League , Players, we are all part of it.

“We have millions of fans from all over the world, but if this is the only way we get the attention we want and get the promise of social media platforms to make it better, of course. You know, we did it a few months ago Arrived, now we are waiting [if] We must do it again.

“At that moment, when we decided to boycott, it was really fast. So this is not something you can do in a few months. I think if action is needed, yes [we will do it].”

Twitter and Facebook did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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Cesar Azpilicueta said he will support another social media boycott.

Social media identification

Azpilicueta believes that “education of people is the key to making social media a safer environment”, but said that some level of identification is needed immediately to help monitor racist abuse and make the police’s job easier.

Last year, Facebook told CNN that requiring users to provide identity documents may result in the exclusion of vulnerable social groups who cannot easily obtain official documents, and that identity document standards and verification processes vary from country to country.

Azpilicueta said that he understands that social media companies want as many people as possible to use their platforms, but he insists that some measures need to be taken to make them safer.

“As a parent, you know, my children, they are already using technology, so they are very used to it, and I was not when I was a kid-who knows [what will happen] A few years later,” he said.

“So for me, identification on social media should be the key, at least to know your name, your details, and then if you do some kind of abuse or hatred, they can sue you

“I think this will reduce [abuse] Many, because we see many users hiding under different names, they just send messages.

“I think we must create an environment where everyone is safer,” he added. “We have seen that on social media, no matter how old they are, there are very young children with no restrictions.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta supports the idea of ​​identifying social media users.

32-year-old Aspilicueta hopes that the company can adopt the players’ opinions, because another boycott will not be conducive to the club’s ability to take advantage of one of the biggest benefits of social media-reaching out to supporters around the world

“I want them to listen, because like the club, players have a large following,” said Aspilicueta, who is involved in Chelsea’s “do not hate” sport.

“A few months ago, we had a three-day boycott, but of course, we as clubs and players use social media to reach fans from all over the world, which is great.

“You can interact with fans from all over the world, but… [social media companies] It can be done, and they must do more to create a safe environment not only for the players, but even for the fans.

“Sometimes we see insults and hatred among fans. This is impossible. So football is a powerful tool to achieve this goal. We are working hard to achieve this and we hope we can win.”


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