Thierry Henry Says Social Media Companies Make ‘Money From Hate’ As He Launches Online Campaign


The former Arsenal and Barcelona striker has been boycotting all social media platforms since the end of March following a wave of racist abuse online targeting black footballers and what he said was companies’ inability media to hold users accountable for their actions.

His move prompted a wave of high profile stars to follow suit, which ultimately led to a widespread social media blackout in the UK from footballers and governing bodies from the weekend of April 30 to April 3. may.

Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Henry announced that he would launch a campaign with his sponsor Puma and the Game of Our Lives foundation to help fight online abuse and lobby social media companies to quash online abuse. ‘they take more severe measures.

“When you find out that they generate money out of hate, it’s very difficult when your medicine is your poison,” Henry said, as reported in The Guardian. “Being genuine and being nice doesn’t make money.

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“We need help, we have all been affected,” he added, as reported by France 24. “Me, as an individual, I’m fine without it [social media]. We need help from people in higher positions. We need to come together to make sure these people maybe legislate a law that will make these platforms more accountable.

“I don’t think they’re doing anything close to what’s necessary to make us feel safe. They aren’t really trying to change anything.”

In a statement sent to CNN, a spokesperson for Meta said, “We have absolutely no business incentives, no moral incentives, no company-wide incentives to do anything other than try to donate. as positive an experience as possible for as many people as possible through our applications, and that is what we do every day.

“The growth in the number of people or advertisers using our apps means nothing if our services aren’t used in a way that brings people together.

“No one should be subjected to racist abuse anywhere, and we don’t want it on our apps. We remove hateful content as soon as we find it and respond promptly to valid legal requests for assistance with law enforcement investigations. . “

Twitter was not immediately available for comment.

Speaking exclusively to CNN in May, Henry explained his initial decision to delete all of his social media accounts, which totaled 11 million people, saying that “When we get together it’s … powerful.” .

“At the very beginning, you know, I was a little weird in the mood, have to say, we talked a lot throughout these times and I was like, ‘People don’t realize what’s at stake. here and the problem that we have in this society right now, ”he said.

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“But I was always talking and always mentioning the strength of the pack, and sometimes when you’re alone yelling something you feel lonely – but I’m not talking about myself, I’m talking about people who don’t I’m talking about people who have been mistreated, harassed for their appearance, for what they believe in, for the color of their skin on social media.

“Maybe if I quit social media, as you know, taking a stand for people who may not have a voice, maybe you can create a wave because of me leaving. social networks. People would like to know why, and they wanted to know why. But after that, there was a little period where I was like, ‘Well, it’s a bit of a shame that people don’t react not.'”


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