In Italy, a hashtag known as #SanteTrombona has become a source of controversy for fans and commentators alike.
The hashtag was created after an incident where a young boy was beaten by a mob in the southern town of Santo Trombetti.
The boy was then taken to hospital and treated for cuts to his head and torso.
This week, the hashtag went viral and quickly gained widespread support.
Here are 10 reasons to avoid using it. 1.
It encourages violence In some parts of Italy, the use of the hashtag can be interpreted as an invitation to violence, according to Italian journalist Francesco D’Amico.
“The hashtag is an invitation for violence,” he told Al Jazeera.
“It’s an invitation of violence.”
According to D’Ammico, “It can be understood as a sign of approval or approval of violence, as the mob is going to do anything to get a reaction.”
It can be misinterpreted In an article published on Thursday, journalist Giuliano De La Rosa suggested that the hashtag was a sign that the mob was “wanting to be noticed” because it was created in the wake of the beating.
“This is why the mob can get a response from us and we are not afraid,” he wrote.
“But I don’t think this is the case.
The problem lies in the way the hashtag is being used.”
The hashtag, which has since been deleted, also encouraged violence against people in the media.
“As a journalist I want to avoid such acts and the social media hashtag is used to do it,” De La Rosa said.
It is seen as a tool for social control In recent months, the Italian media have been accused of spreading “anti-Semitic” propaganda and “anti Christian” rhetoric.
Many of the journalists who have signed up to join the hashtag have already been accused by authorities of being “agents of the state”.
“It is the way that the media uses the hashtag,” said De La Roca.
“When they say, ‘the media is trying to control the public’, they are not referring to the public but to the media itself.
They are trying to impose their views and ideas on the public.”
It promotes bullying of young people Many fans have pointed out that the use the hashtag has encouraged bullying of children in the press and on social media, particularly in cases of sexual abuse.
One Twitter user, Stefano Colombo, explained that it was a way to create a sense of community: “It was also a way of giving support to the victims of abuse, which is an important part of our social life.”
It has become an extension of an existing conflict In the past, the #Santotrombono hashtag has been used to express anger against the city of Sante Tromboni, which was a target of a wave of anti-immigrant attacks.
But in recent months it has become increasingly associated with attacks on Italian football players, with a tweet on Monday comparing Santo to Auschwitz and calling for an end to the “#SantoTrombone” campaign.
“Santo Trombone is like a club, it has a tradition and it’s an important symbol,” a tweet from the Italian Football Association (@IFA) read.
“They need to end this nonsense.”
It’s a sign the game is dying In many parts of the country, fans have been vocal about their disappointment at the lack of action by Italian football authorities in the face of the violence.
“What’s happening is that we’ve been told that football is dead in Italy,” wrote former Juventus player Marco Bellerini.
“We know what football is but this is an insult.”
The situation has led to a debate about whether football is really dead in the country.
“For the last three years, football has been the subject of national, global and international coverage,” said Silvia De Rossi, a football historian and author.
“There’s been a general perception that the game has disappeared from the country.”
It gives legitimacy to bullying In recent years, social media has also helped to spread a number of rumours about Italian football.
In March this year, the social network Twitter was the site of a massive online spat between two fans who shared a common belief that Italy was not interested in winning the World Cup.
“If we win the World War, it will mean that Italy will have the best football in the world,” one Twitter user posted.
The comments prompted a large backlash from fans of both sides, who labelled the other fan a “jerk”.
It may not be a good idea in Italy The hashtag is not the only way to vent frustration in Italy.
“I have no desire to make a public statement in support of this phenomenon,” said the football historian De Rossi.
“However, I do feel that we need to use the platform to express ourselves and to give voice to