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08th Apr 2021

Jordan Henderson joins forces with Cybersmile to combat online abuse

Reuben Pinder

They are launching a campaign called ‘People Not Profiles’

Jordan Henderson has joined forces with Cybersmile, a non-profit dedicated to combatting online abuse, to launch a new campaign, ‘People not Profiles.’

Cybersmile announced the news on Thursday afternoon on Twitter, with a video of the Liverpool captain explaining why what he has seen over the past few years has motivated him to join the fight against online bullying.

“Over the past few years, I’ve seen some of my friends, teammates, other players, people within football, out of football, in the wider society suffer some horrendous abuse online, and still I don’t really see much changing,” Henderson said.

“Again, on Tuesday night, some of my teammates were racially abused online after a football match.

“To me, that’s just unacceptable.”

Henderson revealed he had considered deleting all social media, but said he wasn’t “quite sure who that helps or what it does.”

“I came across Cybersmile, who are a foundation that educate, support and advise people who suffer from social media abuse and online bullying,” he explained.

“I’ll be partnering with them over the next few weeks, for them to have full control of all of my social media channels to promote what they do, how to help people.”

This partnership will see Cybersmile post support links from Henderson’s accounts that people who are suffering from abuse can use to  seek help and support.

“Hopefully it can help a lot of people over the next few weeks,” Henderson adeed.

“Please, however little you may think the issue is, reach out.

“We can definitely help you, as I know how sometimes it can be a very dark place on social media, no matter how many followers you’ve got,” he concluded.

Henderson elaborated in a Twitter thread from his personal account, saying: “The platforms should be doing more but as a society we need to be kinder to each other – that’s where it starts and stops.”