Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has stated that he is considering boycotting social media entirely. This follows after an issue involving his teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita all received online abuse after a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals recently.
The Liverpool midfielder has sought to draw attention to the issue of online abuse by handing over his account to the Cybersmile Foundation.
“I’m sick of seeing people I know, and people I don’t know, having to put up with the kind of abuse that turns my stomach. It has to stop and anyone who has a shred of decency has to play their part in making it stop,” wrote Henderson in Liverpool’s match program ahead of the Champions League second-leg clash on Wednesday.
“I didn’t (hand over the accounts to Cybersmile) lightly – I thought about it a lot and at one stage I was considering switching off all of my social media accounts in protest.
“I still have that option and I applaud those, like Thierry Henry, who has taken the ultimate step as far as this issue is concerned.
“But for now I want to see if I can turn my own feelings into something positive by shining a light on an appalling situation and seeing if some sort of positive can be extracted from it,” he added.
Earlier in March, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry had announced his departure from social media.
“I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigor and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright.
“The sheer volume of racism, bullying, and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There has to be some accountability,” said Henry.