Social Media Blackout

Social Media Blackout

Scottish Rugby is joining other sports bodies, clubs and companies in a social media boycott this weekend as a part of a drive to tackle online hate.

The move, which will be supported by both pro-clubs, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors and has the support of our professional players via Rugby Players Scotland, will see our social media accounts fall silent from 3pm tomorrow (Friday 30 April) until just before midnight on Monday (3 May).

We also encourage member clubs to consider following suit.

The Scottish Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors websites will remain in action and supporters may still receive digital communications from all three.

Scottish Rugby Board chairman, John Jeffrey, said: “We know rugby excites passion but there is absolutely no place in our game for anyone to peddle hate and abuse online.

“Scottish Rugby is open to everyone. We are committed to enhancing inclusion and diversity in our sport and to underline our determination that our social media platforms should be safe and welcoming spaces for all.”

Tim Swinson, Chairman of Rugby Players Scotland said: “All our members fully support Scottish Rugby in this initiative and in recognising the importance of inclusion and diversity for the development of the sport.”

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