The former French international winner of the 1998 World Cup, Thierry Henry, has made the decision to leave all digital platforms. For good reason, he believes that nothing is being done to curb this wave of racism and harassment on social networks. He addressed his 15 million followers in English and French in order to castigate the remarkable laxity of the giants of high-tech. Thierry Henry, record holder for goals for the France team, put his threats into action since he deactivated his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts this Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Thierry Henry has deactivated all his accounts on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The former coach of the Montreal football club can no longer support this “considerable volume of racism, intimidation and mental torture” which now forms the basis of the daily life of digital platforms without any regulation.
For the French international and world champion in 1998, social networks fuel an indescribable hatred and risk creating racist barriers between men in the 21st century. “It is not a safe place. I wanted to take a position to say that it is an important tool that some people unfortunately turn into a weapon because they can hide behind a fake profile. I am not saying that social networks are bad but just that it’s not a safe place. I acted the way I felt and I hope it inspires some people to do the same if they felt the same. ” attacking the Arsenal Gunners on the American channel CNN.
Even if Twitter is committed to rejecting any form of racist or ethnocentric expression, Internet users continue to post xenophobic, egocentric messages and even allow themselves to threaten certain famous personalities with death. This is the case, for example, of model Chrissy Teigen, wife of singer John Legend, who deactivated her Twitter account on Wednesday March 24, 2021 after receiving death threats. “My desire to be loved and my fear of breaking the bank on people has made me a person who is not who you wanted to follow and a different human being than I was when I started! Live well, twittos. “, let understand the American star who withdraws from Twitter despite his 13 million subscribers.