LEIGH Journal's sport channels will be joining the boycott of social media in relation to the campaign against online abuse and discrimination, and therefore will not be in operation from 15.00 today until 00.01 Tuesday.

Our online 24/7 coverage of sport at www.leighjournal.co.uk will continue, but the move means it will not be published on our social media platforms during the time stated. Our news reporting will continue online and on social media as usual.

Online abuse and discrimination is not restricted to the sport market, but it can be prevalent at certain times.

Many sports, governing bodies and publishers across the country have come together with this boycott to make a stand to not only raise the awareness of online hate, but to highlight that it should not have to be tolerated, and that action is needed to make social media an enjoyable and safe place for everyone in our communities.