Social media boycott

Earlier this week, Leeds Rhinos gave their support to the Rugby Football League and Super League and their backing for the boycotting of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend.

From 3pm on Friday 30th May until 2359 on Monday 3rd May, Leeds Rhinos will not be posting on their official Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Tik Tok accounts.

This will include not publishing our usual match updates for our mens and womens games this Sunday however please look below for how you can follow both teams in action this Sunday afternoon. We will still be posting updates on our official website during the period of the social media boycott.

Why are we boycotting social media?

We want social media companies to do more to prevent the online discriminatory abuse received by players and many others across the world, which goes without any real-life consequences for perpetrators.

We know that a boycott alone will not eradicate this, which is why we will continue to take proactive steps to call for change. We will not stop challenging social media companies until discriminatory online abuse is removed from our game and wider society.

What change do we want to see?

The boycott was initiated by the football organisations in England. Since then they have been joined by organisations from other UK sports – such as the RFL, Super League, Rugby League World Cup 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby, Premiership Rugby, Scottish Rugby, the Professional Darts Corporation, British Cycling, the Lawn Tennis Association and the British Horseracing Authority – who have opted to join, as have broadcasters including Sky Sports, BT Sport, At The Races and talkSPORT.

The initial aims stated by the football organisations and supported by those who have joined the movement since are to ask for significant action from social media companies, including:

  • Preventative filtering and blocking measures to stop discriminatory abuse being sent or seen.
  • Accountability for safety on their platforms and protection of users by implementing effective verification.
  • Ensure real-life consequences for online discriminatory abuse: ban perpetrators, stop account re-registration and support law enforcement.
  • A warning message to be displayed if a user writes an abusive message and a requirement to enter personal data if they wish to send the message.
  • Platforms to have robust, transparent and swift measures in place if abusive material is sent or posted.
  • Dedicated reports on the work social media companies are doing, internally and externally, to eradicate discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

The backers are also urging the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms.

How can you help?

By reporting online discriminatory abuse, you can help stop this unacceptable behaviour and protect other people from seeing the abusive content. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate.

The Premier League have produced a simple guides as to how to report an abusive post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter which you can find by clicking here.

If you see a post on social media you believe is discriminatory, you can report it to the site or platform where it was posted. They have people who will review your report and decide on taking it down. Follow these relevant links for how to report for each platform: Facebook | Instagram Twitter | TikTok | Snapchat | YouTube.

What is Rugby League doing about discrimination?

When the 2020 season resumed last August the RFL, Super League, RL Cares, RLWC2021 and a number of clubs – in common with other sports – issued non-political statements in support of the core Black Lives Matter anti-racism message. 

Since then, Rugby League has developed TACKLE IT – our game’s own anti-racism, anti-discrimination action plan. The plan sets out how Rugby League will extend its reach and appeal, diversify its talent pool, improve its culture, and actively deal with all forms of discrimination with a specific focus on areas in need of most attention at this time – racial discrimination and inequality. You can find out more about TACKLE IT by clicking here.

HOW CAN YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE ACTION THIS WEEKEND?

Leeds Rhinos and our players are fully behind the decision by Rugby Football League, Super League Europe, Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the Rugby League Players’ Association for a boycott of social media this Bank Holiday Weekend. However, we also appreciate, especially with fans not able to attend games that fans will want to follow the action with both our mens and womens teams playing this Sunday. Here is how you can keep up to date on the games.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS V LEEDS RHINOS – BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE, SUNDAY 2ND MAY, KICK OFF 3PM

The game will be streamed live for season and flexi members to watch via Our League. You can find out more details by clicking here.

Please remember if you believe you have not received your code please email tickets@leedsrugby.com to arrange for your code to be sent to you. If you have had any issues with logging into the Our League app to watch games this season please contact Our League direct at ourleague@streamamg.com

BBC Radio Leeds and Talk Sport 2 will have match commentary and we will be posting regular updates here at therhinos.co.uk during the game.

We will post a full match report, reaction and highlights here at therhinos.co.uk after the game.

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS V LEEDS RHINOS – BETFRED WOMENS SUPER LEAGUE, SUNDAY 2ND MAY, KICK OFF NOON

The Rhinos Women return to action on Sunday and you can watch the game live and for free via the RFL’s official Twitch channel. You can find out more details by clicking here plus we will have a full match report here after the game.