When the San Francisco 49ers were shut out of the 2016 NFL playoffs and lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, many fans were left wondering whether the team was suffering from a social media shutdown.
A study by the NFL Players Association in May revealed that players were more likely to have negative social media posts than any other group of players.
But now, some NFL teams are doing more to mitigate the negative effects of social media.
According to The New York Times, the Philadelphia Eagles have implemented an effort to reduce negative content on their social media profiles.
The Eagles also plan to develop a “social media awareness program” that will include live and virtual training sessions.
The NFL has been criticized in recent years for not doing enough to address issues surrounding racism, police brutality, and homophobia.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also faced backlash from players and coaches for not addressing the issue of racism in the league.
The players’ union released a statement in May that said “it is imperative that the NFL address issues that are affecting the community in a timely and effective manner.”