Thierry Henry hails ‘amazing’ support for social media boycott as Arsenal icon reveals he is yet to reactivate accounts

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THIERRY HENRY revelled in the ‘amazing’ support for the social media boycott in response to online abuse in sport – but warned it is just a start.

The Arsenal icon also revealed he is yet to reactivate his accounts after switching off to kickstart the conversation around regulating abuse.

Thierry Henry spoke about the social media blackout on Sky Sports

SunSport joined Premier League clubs and a number of broadcasters and other sporting institutions in a Twitter blackout over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The collective action was taken to ramp up the pressure on the social media giants to do more in the wake of recent incidents of horrific racist abuse sent to players.

Appearing on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Henry said: “When I saw the reaction of football that was amazing.

“Not only football, but in the last two or three days of it, it seems like everybody came to support and I was really happy about it.

“I always mention the strength of the pack because if you’re alone those companies don’t care about individuals.”

Fellow pundit Jamie Carragher asked the new Premier League Hall of Fame inductee whether he thought the boycott would help start change.

Henry, 43, replied: “Well, it’s a start because people talked about it.

“I’m still off it by the way, I know you guys will be back on it. But it’s a start.”

Henry called for there to be more accountability when setting up an account online to thwart anonymous trolls.

And the former striker – who confirmed his role in Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek’s attempted Gunners takeover bid – explained his motivation behind walking away from social media despite it being a good tool.

Henry added: “I got abused a long time ago on it, but I didn’t get abused at the time I came off it.

“I was like ‘you know what, let’s make a move, let’s have an impact’.

“If I stayed on it and talked about it on it, I don’t think people would have wanted to talk to me about it. So I came off it and a lot of people came to talk to me about it.

We need to know who is behind those accounts. You try to buy a house and you have to let them know how many teeth you have and what you had for breakfast.

Thierry Henry

“I talked about it and it created a wave and I’m more than happy that everybody realised what is at stake, not only in football, not only because of racism, bullying and harassment. And now you can get abuse on there.

“You don’t want to see that, my daughter is going through it. A lot of people that are watching are trying to see how the situation can be regulated.

“We need to know who is behind those accounts. You try to buy a house and you have to let them know how many teeth you have and what you had for breakfast.

“Can we have some type of accountability? Can we find out? Like I’ve said many times it is a great tool. But can we be safe on it?”

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