Athletes go offline in protest against discrimination

Many athletes and sports clubs in England are not posting anything on their social media as of four o‘clock this afternoon. They do that to draw attention to hate and discrimination online. They want social media to do better to remove discriminatory messages.

The action started at English football clubs. After that, many more athletes followed, such as the hockey league, the cycling association, the rugby league and the Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton. Why he participates, he tells in this video:

The clubs and the athletes won’t post until Monday night. They hope that people take discrimination more seriously and that it stops.

The Dutch player Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool also participates in the action:

A Twitter spokesman says that the company has tightened the rules and removes discriminatory messages as much as possible.

The Dutch football association KNVB has said that they are not participating in the action. They say they take discrimination very seriously.