Police are investigating racist threats and abuse aimed at Scotland's First Minister. 

It follows an investigation by the Scotsman into UK video-sharing platform BitChute.

An uptick in abusive content targeting Humza Yousaf, including videos from a US-based white nationalist broadcaster, was found as a result.

Mr Yousaf said he expected “swift action” to remove the “vile” content and the force launched a probe after receiving a complaint from his office, the newspaper reported.

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Some videos on the site led to graphic calls for violence against Muslims. 

The First Minister told The Scotsman: “Unfortunately, the sad reality is that I am not shocked by these vile, racist and Islamophobic videos.

"Being the recipient of online abuse has become a regular feature of my life in public service.

But he emphasised that the country should do "everything we can to stamp it out". 

He added: "UK-based companies have a duty to protect the public from harmful content and I would expect to see swift action to remove posts like these.

“But I am absolutely clear that abuse and threats like this will never stop me from doing the job I love, or from speaking out for what I believe to be right.

"I know that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland want to live in a country where all minority groups are not just protected, but accepted for who they are – and as First Minister I’m determined to use the office to help build a country where all of our citizens live a life free from hatred."