Alliance targets online bullies
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.”