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Hamilton calls on social media to do more to combat racism and calls for a boycott

Hamilton calls on social media to do more to combat racism and calls for a boycott

Lewis Hamilton thought about racism on social media

Photo: Mercedes / Grand Prix

Weekend reserves a boycott of part of the sports world on social media. The reason is the constant presence of racist comments from the audience, which are not effectively combated by the platforms. Lewis Hamilton, although he has yet to confirm whether he will actually participate in the movement, made clear his opinion: The work done to reduce hate messages remains insufficient.

“It’s clear to me, and certainly in this sport as well, that racism remains a problem,” Hamilton said. “I feel that social media platforms need to do something to combat this. So, I totally support the initiative. If it does [boicote] Squeezes the platforms to do something about it [racismo]So I would definitely be happy to participate. “

The province in question was born in British football, with players, teams and leagues leaving social networks without updates between Friday (30) and Monday (3). The flagship of the event was Swansea City, which three weeks ago abandoned social media due to offensive messages against certain players. The movement has grown, now with representatives of cricket and rugby, two other great sports in the UK.

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Lewis Hamilton is the target of racism on social media

Lewis Hamilton is the target of racism on social media

Photo: Mercedes / Grand Prix

This situation made Hamilton think about the racist messages he had received in the past. Only over time did the Mercedes driver learn to deal with social media.

“I was abused for a very long time. I was younger, reading social media as many people do and trying to interact with people. However there was a time when I needed to understand that you can’t read every comment, you can’t take it lightly.” Personal. If you let these things affect you, this is something that could end your day. I think social media companies need to do more. We have algorithms, things that they can see and steps that they can take. They can help create an anti-racist community. This is the trend. Which to walk in. I don’t know the details, but I’m happy to see so many people participating.

Hamilton is in Portugal, the home of this weekend’s Formula 1 race. This category holds the third race of the 2021 season at Portimao, as Lewis tries to defend the lead in the World Drivers’ Championships, enjoying just one point over Max Verstappen.

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