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Lewis Hamilton joins social media blackout as F1 superstar continues to fight racism

LEWIS HAMILTON intends to boycott social media over the weekend in a bid to combat racist abuse online.

Football League clubs, England’s cricket board, the Lawn Tennis Association and Premiership Rugby have all supported the blackout from Friday to Monday.

Lewis Hamilton will join British sport in boycotting social media to take a stand against racist abuse

And while F1 is not planning to support the movement, F1’s champion says he will.

He said: “It’s clear, and clearly in this sport, it’s clear that racism continues to be an issue.

“I think social media platforms do need to do more in order to combat this, so I’m fully supportive of the initiative.

“If me also doing it helps put pressure on those platforms to help fight against it, then for sure, I’m happy to do so.

“I’m really proud to hear that there are so many organisations getting involved.

“I’m not sure why Formula One is not part of that, but I probably will follow and support this weekend.”

Hamilton has been pioneering F1’s recent diversity and anti-racism messages.

The seven-time world champion said ahead of this weekend’s Portugal GP that he received abuse online earlier in his career and would come off social media as a result.

And he called on organisations like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to clamp down on the abuse.

He added: “I was subject to abuse a long, long time ago, at a time when I was younger, when I was reading social media, reading like many people do, trying to engage with people.

“But there was a period of time where I had to understand that firstly you can’t read every comment that’s on there, and you can’t take it personally.

“If you let those things get to you, then they can ruin your day.

“But I do believe that social media companies need to do more.

“There’s algorithms, there’s things they’re able to see, they’re able to take steps to help and create more of an anti-racist society. That’s what we’ve got to be pushing towards.”

Hamilton will race at the Portugal GP at the Algarve Circuit this weekend

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