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WTF1 Joins Social Media Boycott Over Portuguese Grand Prix Weekend

WTF1 will be participating in the social media boycott over the Portuguese Grand Prix weekend. We believe that as an independent social media and content brand serving the motorsport community, we should use our platform to express our concern and stand united against online abuse and urge social media companies to resolve this problem.

This show of solidarity against online hate and harassment is part of a wider blackout supported by other sports, athletes and media companies worldwide. Initially started by the football community in the UK, this boycott has now been accepted and applied to sports such as tennis, cycling, cricket and rugby.

As one of the leading social media brands in F1, we have all seen the best and the worst of social media interaction. It’s for this reason that we must show leadership and do the right thing.

From 3pm UK time on Friday 30th April until 23:59 on Monday 3rd May, WTF1 will not be sharing any content on our social media channels.

In addition to WTF1, other drivers on social media such as Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Lando Norris have all come forward to support and undertake the social media blackout.

“I thought it was important to do so because there is far too much online abuse, hatred, negativity, racism, that is just undeserved, and I feel like it’s our duty to raise as much awareness as possible,” George Russell said on Friday morning.

“Not just within sport, but within all walks of life. I feel strongly about this and I feel it was my duty to be part of this cause. Hopefully we can all make a change.”

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0 thoughts on “WTF1 Joins Social Media Boycott Over Portuguese Grand Prix Weekend

  • Steven Bremer says:

    I have been off of Twitter, FB, and Instagram for years and am better off for it. To be honest 3 days seems like a bit of woke signaling. If you really want to make an impact delete your accounts.

    • Tinker Tailor says:

      I love this suggestion but I wonder if they suddenly think it is unreasonable to delete their accounts over. Social activism is a fickle thing after all.

  • Vinayak Tiwari says:

    I know one should not remain silent when it comes to things like abuse and discrimination but no offense to Tommy and Matt, I don’t quite get what impact will it have.

  • Tinker Tailor says:

    This makes no sense. There are people who are a part of your audience outside UK. We do not condone nor care about this because social media blackout is nothing more of a nuisance. Everyone has a different political view but ideally, political views should not be the whole of personality. So, people should be able to enjoy non political things without this social activism bulldozing a fairly unrelated thing. This does not mean that racists and non racists should enjoy the sport equally. It means that those who do not condone racism nor social activism without action should not be blanketed as racists for not advertising their political stance. It might win you brownie points but you have to understand that this deepens the divide. It is a subtle yet strong message that “hey, if you gonna not support our form of activism against racism, we will deny you services”. Nonetheless, I hope to see the regular bit of post race programming after the black out. As a global citizen, this virtue signaling is appalling. Even if this comment is removed, I hope the team reads it at least and reassesses the situation. Hate has been a part of the society eternally, there are other communities who also face issues without the coverage. This noise of social media is distorting the world view of millions and unfortunately, it seems it has washed the perception of those running these things too. No B2B cares about this. Why? Because no B2B company is affected by the fragile state of the social collective.

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