Premiership Rugby is 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.
Additionally, Premiership Rugby and all our clubs will unite with other sports including football for a social media boycott from 15:00 on Friday 30 April to 23:59 on Monday 3 May. This boycott is supported by the Rugby Players' Association.
The Premiership Rugby and club websites will still operate during this time and fans may still receive digital communications from their clubs.
The boycott is just the beginning of the Draw the Linecampaign. 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 our clubs is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.
Wayne Morris, the chair of Premiership Rugby's Diversity and Inclusion Group said: “Premiership Rugby is committed to tackling the major issues that sport and society are facing. These issues are important to the longer-term future of our sport, but equally have a major impact on the communities we operate in.
"We are committed to making Premiership Rugby a diverse, welcoming and inclusive environment for our staff, players and fans and are delighted to join BT with this innovative campaign designed to tackle social media abuse and online hate of any kind.
"We want to make this a proactive campaign, so following this weekend’s social media boycott, we are committing to responding, deleting, blocking or reporting hate and abuse to ensure our own social channels are safer spaces”
Premiership Rugby has received support from our 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.
For more details see www.premiershiprugby.com/drawtheline