Days after controversy, Hamilton wipes Instagram, deletes tweets

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Days after issuing an apology over comments made towards his nephew during an Instagram post, four-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s social media channels have been undergoing something of an overhaul.

Hamilton faced a backlash online over the holiday period after telling his nephew in a video that “boys don’t wear princess dresses”, later deleting the post and apologizing for his comments.

One of F1’s most prolific social media users, Hamilton’s Instagram account holding 5.7 million followers was wiped of all posts on Friday.

This was followed on Saturday by the removal of a number of tweets from Hamilton’s Twitter account, including the apology for his previous comments.

While a number of replies to fans remain, just two regular tweets remain since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June.

The removal of the posts sparked talk on social media about the motive behind it, including links to another high-profile figure to have also wiped their Instagram earlier this year: Taylor Swift, days before she released some new music.