Arsenal back Thierry Henry for deleting social media over racism and bullying and insist 'this shouldn't be the answer’

ARSENAL have backed Thierry Henry's decision to delete his social media accounts.

The former Gunners star has removed himself from Twitter and other platforms for their failure to take action against racist abuse and online bullying.

The official Arsenal account tweeted an image of Henry's deleted account this morning with the caption: "This shouldn't have to be the answer."

The 43-year-old announced his decision to quit social media yesterday, demanding various platforms to belatedly take responsibility for allowing abhorrent behaviour.

In a statement published before his departure, Henry wrote: "From tomorrow morning I will be removing myself from social media until the people in power are able to regulate their platforms with the same vigour and ferocity that they currently do when you infringe copyright.

"The sheer volume of racism, bullying and resulting mental torture to individuals is too toxic to ignore. There HAS to be some accountability.

"It is far too easy to create an account, use it to bully and harass without consequence and still remain anonymous.

"Until this changes, I will be disabling my accounts across all social platforms. I'm hoping this happens soon."

More than 15 million accounts followed Henry on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram before his exile began.

And with Arsenal supporting his decision, it may not be long until we see clubs boycott social media too – if platforms continue to take little to no action.

In a campaign supported by the PFA, footballers boycotted social media for 24 hours in April 2019.

SunSport columnist and Watford star Troy Deeney has praised Henry, calling his brave stand a 'hugely positive step'.

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