English football to boycott social media
Discussing the campaign, Hamilton told reporters: “I was subjected to abuse a long time ago at a time when I was younger and reading the comments and trying to engage with people.
“There was a period of time where I had to understand you cannot read every comment that is on there and you cannot take it personally. If you let those things get to you, it can really ruin your day.
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“I stepped back from it and I generally don’t go searching for that stuff, or for validation. I know I have got amazing support from many fans that follow me and I am grateful for the support I do get.
“For me it is clear that racism continues to be an issue and social media platforms need to do more in order to combat this. There are algorithms and they are able to see things and take steps to create an anti-racist society and that is what we have got to be pushing towards.”
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Other F1 drivers have backed the campaign, including McLaren’s Lando Norris and Williams driver George Russell.
Formula One has issued a statement supporting the boycott, saying: “We continue to work with all platforms and our own audiences to promote respect and positive values and put a stop to racism.”
On the eve of the campaign, former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry said the boycott is a “start” in the fight again racism, and said he wanted supporters to channel the same energy in combatting abuse as they did when they opposed the failed
last week. European Super League
Henry, who last month
because of racism and bullying across the platforms, said: “A lot of people are – I’m not saying waking up because everyone was aware of it – but now they’re loud about it and the same energy that they put with the Super League. removed himself from social media
“It looks like we’re getting brave into trying to make those big companies answer to the question that we have, and I know it’s not easy also on their side, but that’s your job.
“(What) the world of English football is doing at the minute and what’s going to happen at the weekend, people ask me, ‘Is it enough, the weekend?’
“And I’m like, ‘It’s a start’. You know, you can’t be too greedy from not having anything to that. It’s a start.”
Theirry Henry took himself off social media last month
Since the campaign was launch by English football’s governing bodies, several other organisations have joined including UEFA, England Rugby and the Lawn Tennis Association.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “I urge everyone – players, clubs and national associations – to lodge formal complaints whenever players, coaches, referees or officials are victims of unacceptable tweets or messages.
“We have had enough of these cowards who hide behind their anonymity to spew out their noxious ideologies.”
Other sports have backed the campaign, with governing bodies in cricket, rugby union, rugby league, tennis, darts, horse racing and cycling all boycotting social media at the weekend.
Sponsors such as Adidas, Barclays, Budweiser, Nationwide and Cazoo have backed the campaign, with broadcasters such as Sky Sports, BT Sport and talkSPORT also supporting it.
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