F1’s governing body is working to try and combat the rise in abuse on social media.
According to a new report by the FIA, 90% of sporting federations are concerned that online social media abuse could lead to sports stars leaving their respective sports. United Against Online Abuse (UAOA), initiated by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, investigated the impact of online abuse on athletes and their families, with FIFA, World Athletics, and the UCI also participating. The report revealed that 75% of respondents regularly faced threats, while 90% believed that without action from social media companies, athletes would quit. The report was prompted by high-profile cases involving Eni Aluko, Lauren James, Wayne Barnes, and a female Spanish FIA steward at the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix. Ben Sulayem emphasized the importance of united efforts in combating online abuse and creating a safer environment for athletes. The UAOA campaign has gained support from various sports organizations and governments and aims to bring about behavioral and regulatory changes. Stay up to date with the F1 calendar for 2024 to ensure you never miss any action.