Lewis Hamilton joins social media boycott to fight online abuse

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Lewis Hamilton has announced he will join the three-day social media boycott aimed at fighting online discrimination and abuse.

The initiative has been started by English football teams, players and governing bodies, who have been joined by UEFA and several other sports’ governing bodies and teams.

The social media blackout will last from 3pm on Friday April 30 until 11:59pm on Monday May 3.

At the Portuguese Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis Hamilton said he will “probably” join in, and today via his social media channels, he announced he is definitely joining the initiative.

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“To stand in solidarity with the football community, I will be going dark on my social media channels this weekend,” Hamilton wrote.

“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.

“Sport has the power to unite us. Let’s not accept abuse as part of the sport, but instead, let’s be the ones who make a difference for future generations.”

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