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UK TV Presenter, of Mauritian parents, hits at Twitter over racist trolls

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A UK TV presenter has spoken out after Twitter said the racist tweets against him didn’t violate their community guidelines.

BBC reporter Gavin Ramjaun, 29, said he was ‘disgusted’ that Twitter decided not to take any action.

The offensive tweet called Mr Ramjaun a “curry muncher aborigine,” said he was “letting the Indians down” and told him to “cut your damn hair and choose your wardrobe with a stylist”.

The journalist, born in Worcester and whose parents come from Mauritius, reported the message to Twitter

But, according to Worcester News, the social media platform said after “reviewing the available information” they didn’t find a “violation of their rules in the content”.

He told Metro newspaper that he feels ‘disgusted’ by the fact that Twitter cleared the tweet. He called the words ‘inflammatory, racist and harmful’, and also noted how this is not the first time he has received such abuse, with it occurring ‘every couple of months’.

Mr Ramjaun tweeted a photo of the response on September 15 with a statement that read: “?! Seriously. Have a long hard look at yourselves for allowing this cretinous behaviour. Disgusted. Good to see racial abuse is tolerated on your platform.”

Gavin Ramjaun launched his broadcasting career on Newsround in 2007 and also reported for its spin-off show Sportsround.

He joined BBC News and BBC Breakfast in 2009 where he made special reports for the early morning show.

In 2010 he was part of the BBC Sport team reporting on the Winter Olympics taking place in Vancouver, Canada.

On 6 September 2010, Ramjaun joined ITV’s newly launched Daybreak as a news correspondent and in December the following year he became a sports correspondent.

He still works with ITV and the BBC and Sky Sports on projects.

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