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.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 30, 2021
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.
Social media blackout this weekend guys. Time to make a change. pic.twitter.com/OCRs5xLUos
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) April 30, 2021
“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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