Wasps Join Social Media Boycott

Date: 28 Apr 2021

 

Wasps are giving their 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.

Wasps and all the Premiership Rugby 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 also supported by the Rugby Players’ Association.

The Wasps and Premiership Rugby websites will still operate during this time and you may still receive digital communications from us.

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 the other clubs we are willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

Everyone with an account can make small changes to make the online space safe for all.

Wasps and Premiership Rugby are pledging to report abuse. Actively amplifying opinions and voices that are being silenced by online abuse. It’s time to draw the line.

In a statement issued earlier today, Wasps Group announced a new programme which reinforces the club and venue’s commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) and will inform work on an update to their values and ED&I strategy.

Wasps group CEO, Stephen Vaughan said: “Sport has a vital role to play in tackling inequality, and we strongly believe that by putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of this club’s strategy, we will better reflect the community in which we live.” The full quote can be found here.