Al­liance tar­gets on­line bul­lies

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The Coun­try­side Al­liance is ask­ing mem­bers of the field­sports com­mu­nity to re­port their ev­i­dence of on­line ha­rass­ment and bul­ly­ing.

The Al­liance said it has be­come “in­creas­ingly con­cerned” in re­cent years about the rise of on­line abuse di­rected against the coun­try sports com­mu­nity. The or­gan­i­sa­tion con­ducted a study ear­lier this year in which hun­dreds of peo­ple re­ported bul­ly­ing or ha­rass­ment for sup­port­ing field­sports.

It has now launched a ded­i­cated web­page — www.coun­try­side-al­liance.org/ cam­paigns/ev­i­dence­o­fon­lineb­ul­ly­ing — where peo­ple can re­port this ha­rass­ment, in­clud­ing de­tails of the in­ci­dent, screen­shots and any re­sponse re­ceived from the so­cial me­dia plat­form.

The in­for­ma­tion pro­vided will help the Al­liance in the next step of its cam­paign, to show Par­lia­ment how big the prob­lem is and lobby com­pa­nies such as Face­book and Twit­ter to do more to stop this kind of abuse.

Sarah Lee, the Al­liance’s head of pol­icy, said: “The on­line bul­ly­ing of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties who sup­port coun­try sports con­tin­ues to grow year on year. The Gov­ern­ment and so­cial me­dia plat­forms need to act now to re­as­sure coun­try sports sup­port­ers that con­tent on plat­forms is po­liced prop­erly and all forms of abuse are taken se­ri­ously no mat­ter which com­mu­nity is tar­geted.”

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