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Thierry Henry slams social media giants for lack of online abuse action

Thierry Henry has blasted social media giants for not doing enough to tackle online abuse.

The Arsenal and France legend disabled all of his social media accounts earlier this year as he called on firms to tackle abuse with the same effort that goes into taking down material that breaches copyright.

Henry says that little has changed since his dramatic step and admits that he may never return to his accounts - where had 15 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Speaking at Lisbon's Web Summit, Henry said: "They [social media companies] are doing nowhere near what is required for us to feel safe on it - let's be honest.

"It is an essential tool in the world we live in but can it be safe? That's the big thing."

Although Henry won't be returning to social media, he has teamed up with the sportswear brand Puma to come up with ways to tackle online abuse - including a platform that encourages people to do good by completing petitions and protests.

The platform's creator Dylan Ingham described it as a "tool box of social action".

Henry wants to make sure that young black people follow their dreams and are not put off by the prospect of being abused online.

He said: "That's my message: you shouldn't be stopped by those guys.

"If you ever feel like you don't belong, you do belong ... nobody can stop you from doing anything you want."

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