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FIFA launches social media protection service ahead of Qatar 2022

A Qatar 2022 logo is seen in front of the skyline of the West Bay in Doha. Photo: Reuters

Ahead of Qatar 2022, FIFA has launched a Social Media Protection Service (SMPS) to tackle discrimination and to protect the mental health and well-being of players.

FIFA, giving the updates on its website, said all players from all 32 participating member associations at the FIFA World Cup will have access to a dedicated monitoring, reporting and moderation service designed to minimise visibility of hate speech aimed at them on social media and, therefore, protecting both players and their fans from online abuse during the tournament.

“FIFA is committed to provide the best possible conditions for players to perform to the best of their abilities. At the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, we are happy to launch a service that will help to protect players from the damaging effects that social media posts can cause to their mental health and well-being,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.

The launch of the social media protection service follows the publication of two independent reports produced by FIFA and FIFPRO in June 2022 that highlighted the increasing degree of abuse directed at footballers across social media platforms during international tournaments.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tony Okerafor