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Rio Ferdinand calls for new ‘inspiring’ online platform to combat child bullying

Rio Ferdinand has called for a new social media platform to be set up as he criticised tech giants for failing to get a grip on bullying and “toxic behaviours”.The former England footballer, who suffered racial abuse as a child, said he wanted to stop his daughters going through the same experience.He also backed the Government’s Online Safety Bill, which will allow Ofcom to fine companies up to 10% of their turnover if they fail to protect children online.A lot of the kids now - I’ve got kids myself - they go online and they’re trying to live up to...
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Rio Ferdinand calls for social media reform as he launches anti-bullying campaign at Downing Street

A new social media platform may be the answer to solving "online hate and toxic behaviours," Rio Ferdinand has said at the launch of the Diana Award’s annual anti-bullying campaign Don’t Face It Alone.The former England footballer called for social media websites to be more accountable and backed the government’s Online Safety Bill, which will allow Ofcom to fine companies up to 10% of their turnover if they fail to protect children online."I think inspiring content and inspiring social media things is the way forward", Ferdinand said.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
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Rio Ferdinand ‘excited’ to link up with Jockey Club through youth charity

Rio Ferdinand has linked up with the Jockey Club through his youth charity, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. The former Manchester United and England defender said racing had plenty to offer “both as a career path and a sport”, with the aim of the collaboration being to help young people from some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities learn more about the sport as a pastime and an industry they can work in.
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Rio Ferdinand awarded OBE for activism and charity work

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been recognised in the platinum jubilee Queen’s birthday honours. Ferdinand, 43, receives an OBE for his activism and charity work. He has won praise for his work on bereavement after losing his first wife, Rebecca, from breast cancer in 2015. The former...
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