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Siblings Tim and Leanne have faced sickening racist attacks from trolls online, causing Leanne to remove herself from social media altogether.

Gogglebox Australia fan favourites Tim and Leanne have shared an insight into the vile messages they receive from racist fans.

In fact, the racist trolling became so intense that Leanne decided to quit social media altogether.

The siblings have become much-loved by viewers since joining the show a couple of years ago. However, that hasn’t saved them from incessant racist abuse.

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This week, Tim shared an Instagram Story from their joint account, writing, “Words are weapons” and showing an example of the type of abuse they face from the public.

“This is the reason I now fully manage our IG and FB. This is why Leanne has quit social media,” Tim wrote.

“How much hurt and trauma must someone have gone through for them to lash out at someone because of the colour of their skin, because of who they love, because of wanting to live their authentic self.”

He added the hashtags #StopAsianHate #Racism #EducateYourself #Discrimination #StopTheHate.

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A similar incident occurred last year when MasterChef judge Melissa Leong entered the public eye.

At the time, fellow MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo shared a screenshot of a private Instagram message on his social media platform, in which a viewer named Graham used the same terminology against Melissa.

“Where to begin with this … Firstly I can only assume you are referring to @fooderati when you used the term…” Jock wrote, tagging Melissa’s Instagram.

“She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate, she drinks espresso like I do, she is able to express and articulate a damn sight better than you can clearly and that is just the beginning Graham. She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?”

“I feel sorry for you that you cannot see past the colour of someone’s skin or actually the fact they are just different than your white a*s in any way.

“Graham, please get educated and be a better human. You owe it to yourself and everyone around you who are most probably too embarrassed by the sh*t you say to let you know.

“I’m sick of this type of thing getting sent to me so here’s a heads up … if you send this kind of s**t to me it’s getting called out.”

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