Lewis Hamilton to join social media boycott protesting against online abuse

The Formula One world champion – who has an enormous global audience on Instagram with 22 million followers and a further 6.3 million on Twitter – revealed he had been subjected to online abuse and was proud so many sporting organisations led by English football and including cricket, rugby and tennis clubs, players and bodies were backing the initiative, although F1 has yet to do so. “Clearly in sport, racism continues to be an issue,” he said. “Social media platforms do need to do more in order to combat this so I am fully supportive of the initiative. It is understood F1 is not joining the boycott because the sport does not suffer an abuse problem on social media. Hamilton’s contract at Mercedes lasts until the end of this season and he has yet to make it clear he will continue in the sport. There is still a lot to do in this sport and I know that being in it I have more chance of helping change that than not.

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