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Discriminatory virtual maltreatment and online abuse in digital sporting spaces: an examination of the experiences of six Olympic athletes

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Online abuse has become a frequent and prevalent occurrence within the sporting landscape. Instances of online abuse can be sparked by ‘trigger events,’ which are reactive, emotionally driven moments in sport that are the by-product of its competitive nature. While social media utilisation by athletes has increased and can provide various benefits, it can simultaneously contribute to detrimental pitfalls, such as abuse. This study employed a quantitative, longitudinal case study analysis to examine the discriminatory online abuse directed at six Olympic athletes on Twitter/X between 2018-2022. Analysis of 243,276 tweets revealed continued forms of discriminatory abuse (e.g., gendered, racial, homophobic) present in content and identified two new types of discrimination related to nationalism and transphobia. Recommendations for the safeguarding of athletes against online abuse are provided.

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  • Loughborough University, London

Published in

The International Journal of Sport and Society

Volume

15

Issue

3

Pages

69-90

Publisher

Common Ground

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Common Ground Research Networks

Acceptance date

2024-04-15

Publication date

2024-06-11

Copyright date

2024

ISSN

2152-7857

eISSN

2152-7865

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Lauren Burch. Deposit date: 4 June 2024

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