Good Morning Britain host Richard Madeley lashed out at social media giants regarding their tackling of online racist abuse.

The 65-year-old star was back on presenting duty on Wednesday morning alongside co-host Susanna Reid.

They welcomed The Diana Award Chief Executive Tessy Ojo and Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis onto the ITV breakfast show to discuss social media trolling.

After discussing how "watershed moments" come and go with minor changes to racism in society, former This Morning host Richard read out statements from Twitter and Facebook.

He said: "I've got a statement here that I’ve got to read from Facebook, we’re obliged to say this.

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Susanna, 50, responded: "Why are we obliged? Sorry, when you say we’ve got to read it…"

"Well, it’s on the autocue,” said Richard. "I’m the new boy here, if it’s on the autocue I thought it had to be read.

“There it is, Facebook says: 'Nobody should experience racist abuse anywhere.'

“Oh really? Thanks for that insight. And they ‘don’t want it on Instagram. Well, you’ve got it on Instagram guys!."

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He continued to read out: "Carrying on with the statement, they ‘quickly removed statements and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers.

"No you didn’t, they were up there for hours and hours and many were still there.

"And they continue, they say, to ‘take action against those who break the rules'."

Richard added: "Well, not enough!"

The presenter then read out a statement form Twitter, saying: "Twitter says 'abuse has absolutely no place on the platform'.

Richard then angrily stated: "Oh really? Well, it’s on your platform. What do you mean there’s no place for it on the platform? It’s on the bloody platform! Pardon my French."

He added: “‘In the past 24 hours', they say, 'a combination of automation and human review has moved over a thousand tweets.'

"There’s a lot more than a thousand tweets out there."

Richard called the statements just "words" while Susanna then questioned if this was the same thousand tweets they claimed to have removed the day before.

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It comes after Richard said racist trolls should be 'locked away' after England's Euro loss

He said: "I do think personally, we’ve had enough of this racism. It’s not enough to call this disgusting."

"We have to track these people down and it’s possible through IP addresses.

"We need to spend some money and some time and some officers to get these guys and to, bring them to court and to lock them away because it is not representative of this country."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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