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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

English soccer is planning a social media blackout this weekend to protest the online bullying of its athletes and analysts.

Why it matters: This is the "most direct effort yet by a sport to pressure social media companies like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to take action against online abuse," per the New York Times.

The state of play: Online harassment has become an endemic problem across English sports, particularly regarding racial abuse.

  • Reports of discrimination within English soccer were up 42% last season, according to anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out.
  • But soccer is hardly the only problem area. Thus, the English cricket, rugby and tennis associations have also joined the social media blackout, which will run from Friday through Monday.

What they're saying: "[We] want to see significant improvements in [social media companies'] policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse," said EPL chief executive Richard Masters.

The backdrop: This isn't the first time English soccer has demanded better from social media. In Februrary, top executives wrote an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey.

"The reality is your platforms remain havens for abuse. Your inaction has created the belief in the minds of the anonymous perpetrators that they are beyond reach."

Go deeper: How the European Super League collapsed in spectacular fashion

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Jul 30, 2021 - Sports

U.S. men's soccer team files brief supporting women's equal pay fight

U.S. players celebrate after winning the Olympics quarterfinal game against the Netherlands. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. men's national soccer team filed an amicus brief on Friday in support of the women's team's appeal against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay.

Driving the news: Lawyers for the men's team argued that U.S. Soccer "has treated the women’s national team players as second-class citizens, discriminating against the women in their wages and working conditions and paying them less than the men’s national team players."

Inflation hits online shopping

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Data: Adobe Digital Economy Index; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios

The deals you’re getting online may not be as good as what you were getting a year ago.

Why it matters: Shoppers have long understood that it’s cheaper to buy goods online than in brick-and-mortar stores.

Ina Fried, author of Login
1 hour ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.