The ‘’Show of solidarity against online abuse’’ hopes to encourage companies to take stronger stands against racist and sexist abuse on their platforms.
The Rugby Union, cricket, and rugby league will also join in the boycott.
The boycott is scheduled to begin today at 15:00 BST. They expect it to end at 23:59 BST on Monday night.
‘’This boycott signifies our collective anger. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change,’’ said Sanjay Bhandari, the chairman of the anti-discrimination charity, Kick It Out.
Associations involved include British Cycling, British Horse Racing, Great Britain and England Hockey as well as the Lawn Tennis Association.
The seven-time Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton also joined the movement. He said he is fully supportive of the initiative and if him doing it helps in pressurizing those platforms he is happy to do so.
He further said he is so proud due to the many organizations that are joining in on the fight. Formula 1 said it is wholly committed to fighting any type of discrimination.
However, it should be noted that it will not participate in the boycott as it does not face the same form of abuse issues on social media.
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