The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) has launched a new campaign ‘Don’t Scroll By’ and is calling on the public and sporting stakeholders to take a zero-tolerance approach to online abuse, discrimination and hate speech and to #DeleteBanReport it.
‘Don’t Scroll By’ is a clear and strong statement by Team Ireland that there is no place for online abuse, discriminatory comments or hate speech on social media channels in Irish sport.
They are calling on the Irish public and sporting stakeholders nationwide to join together as one, to actively oppose hate speech and online abuse, and to react purposefully whenever they see it.
The OFI is asking everyone involved at all touchpoints of Irish sport to take action and make a public stance by showing that as a nation, we are anti-racism, anti-discrimination and anti-hate speech.
As part of the new initiative, OFI will officially become members of the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) and will support their ‘Love Not Hate’ campaign and their lobby to the government for the introduction of appropriate Hate Crime Legislation.
They have also launched a new booklet with the support of Indeed, to support sport Social Media managers to #DeleteBanReport any type of hate commentary they witness online.
In their video to launch the campaign, Team Ireland use the Olympic Values of Striving for Excellence and Respect to highlight the power that people have in the quest of eliminating hate speech from social media channels, with the aim of making online sport a hate free zone.