The British Basketball League (BBL) and Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) will be joining our sporting colleagues across football, cricket, rugby and others in the social media boycott this weekend from 3pm Friday 30 April through 11.59pm Monday 3 May.
Sport has the power to bring all communities together and, as
we have experienced through the growth and camaraderie of the British
basketball community, social media has the power that allows us to reach and
connect with our supporters – as it does for all sports – in immediate and
But with that power comes responsibility and the current
inaction by social media companies in the face of relentless hateful and
abusive attacks by cowards protected by this very inaction is inexcusable.
No one should be subject to the kind of harassment and abuse
that we have seen people experience. It goes against every tenet of basic human
decency and we join the calls for social media companies to do more and for the
UK government to ensure the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient powers to Ofcom
to ensure social media companies can be held to account should they continue to
fail in their responsibilities.