27 May 2021

The BDA stands with our members, alongside our colleagues in the health, sport, association and trade union sectors, in challenging racist abuse online. As part of our continuing commitment to stand against racism, we are announcing a collective social media boycott this coming weekend, alongside our partner organisations and trade unions. 

Earlier this month, sport organisations across the UK took part in a social media boycott to protest the persistent racism, harassment and abuse players and staff are subjected to through social media. They called upon these platforms to address this issue and take meaningful steps to resolve it. 

We are disappointed to see that these companies have failed to take action to protect their users, or to demonstrate that they are committed to preventing and removing abusive and hateful content from their platforms. 

We are committed to advocating for and protecting our members in all circumstances and will continue to challenge ourselves and others to do better.

Our accounts will therefore remain silent from 3pm on Friday 28 May until 11.59pm on Monday 31 May to protest the inadequate action taken by social media platforms on this issue.

The BDA is joined by organisations including:

  • College of Paramedics
  • Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists
  • Intensive Care Society
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society