Lewis Hamilton’s 22 million Instagram followers will be without the Brit’s updates this weekend as he became the first Formula 1 driver to join the football-led boycotting of online platforms.
Following an increase in abuse on social media, football players and teams decided on a blackout from 16:00 CEST on Friday until 00:59 CEST on Tuesday morning as the aim to show solidarity against online abuse, a cause which Hamilton wholeheartedly supports.
“To stand in solidarity with the football community, I will be going dark on my social media channels this weekend,” Hamilton wrote on Twitter, announcing his decision.
“There is no place in our society for any kind of abuse, online or not, and for too long it’s been easy for a small few to post hate from behind their screens.
“While a boycott might not solve this issue overnight, we have to call for change when needed, even when it seems like an almost impossible task.”
In an attempt to take a stand against online abuse and racism, a number of F1 drivers have followed in Hamilton’s footsteps by joining his social media silence.
F1 themselves aren’t taking part, but have expressed their commitment to fighting against discrimination, and they did speak in support of the Premier League and other bodies who are bringing the issue to light.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 30, 2021