British Equestrian backs social media boycott this weekend

Thursday, 29 April 2021

British Equestrian will be uniting with the football community and other sports for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May in support of bringing an end to online abuse and hate.

Equestrianism will not tolerate discrimination or abuse in any form, and we call on social media providers to make their users fully accountable for their actions and eradicate online abuse from their platforms. We will continue to make our position clear to DCMS to keep the pressure on to ensure the UK Government’s Online Safety Bill gives Ofcom appropriate regulatory and supervisory powers.

While our member bodies are in full support of the boycott and what it stands for, some rely on social media operationally for key messaging and communication around competition and activity. Their channels will be used where required for this purpose, but they’re encouraged not to post promotion, features or advertising on their feeds during the boycott period.

Websites will remain operational across our member bodies and they may send digital communications to stakeholders.