28 April 2021
London Irish will join Premiership Rugby and its Clubs by giving its full support to a new campaign to tackle online hate from BT called Draw The Line.
This is the first stage of a multi-million pound BT campaign to step up and stand against hate speech and abuse on social media.
London Irish, Premiership Rugby and its Clubs will unite with other sports, including football, for a social media boycott from 3.00pm on Friday 30th April to 11.59pm on Monday 3rd May. This boycott is supported by the Rugby Players’ Association.
The Club website will still operate during this time and supporters may still receive digital communications from the Club.
But the boycott is just the beginning of the Draw the Line campaign. It is clear that the boycott action in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that alongside BT, Premiership Rugby and its Clubs is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.
Premiership Rugby has received support from its Clubs and players to bring this campaign to life.
Everyone with an account can make small changes to make the online space safe for all.
Premiership Rugby is pledging to report abuse. Actively amplifying opinions and voices that are being silenced by online abuse. It’s time to Draw The Line.