The former Gunners and Barcelona striker disabled his profiles on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday.
The French legend has experienced abuse on the platforms, and is not the only one who has suffered racist abuse at the hands of anonymous users in recent months.
Henry says he will only return to those platforms when they are safe.
"Recently it happened to me off social media, it happened on social media," the former France forward told Good Morning Britain.
"But recently it's been coming quite a lot, players getting abused. I just think that [social media] is not a safe place at the minute.
"People are getting racially abused but, when you see the statement, I talk also about bullying, harassment that can cause mental issues, people commit suicide because of it.
"It's very difficult to eradicate everything but can it be safer? We all know that it is a great tool but a lot of people are using it as a weapon. Why? Because they can hide behind fake accounts.
"I know that a little portion of the world is using it as a weapon. 'Can it be safer?' is all I am asking. I will be back on it, when it's safe."
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