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A Right-Wing Extremist Playground
By admin October 29, 2018

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As hate speech and far-right principles become mainstays of political campaigns and backbones of domestic policy in different countries around the world, individuals with convoluted perspectives of society are seizing the opportunity to become outspoken and active to achieve their goals.

In the United States, Americans are experiencing frequent outbreaks of violence motivated by an increasingly large proportion of right-wing extremists. According to an analysis completed by the Global Terrorism Database, there was a significant increase in the number of right-wing terror attacks in 2017. More than 50 percent of attacks carried out last year were inspired by “racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic” beliefs. Between 2010 and 2016, Anti-Muslim extremists, White extremists, anti-Semitic extremists, Right-wing extremists, and the United Aryan Empire executed 30 attacks. Over the same period of time, there were 21 acts of violence committed by Jihadi-inspired extremists.

The use of online messaging platforms to mobilize support and connect like-minded individuals has been equally important to these nefarious groups as it is for those looking to grow benevolent rights-based and equality driven movements. Seditious actors have posted publicly on social media like Facebook and Twitter, but as these major platforms began to make concerted efforts to stem the reach of propaganda through measures like content take-down policies and more stringent terms of service. Extremists have adapted by migrating to end-to-end encrypted messaging services like Telegram, WhatsApp, Signal, and Wickr or by finding uncensored public platforms like Gab.

Gab, modeled after Twitter, was created as a “free speech” alternative to the popular social media site with a mission to “defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people.” Gab has become a playground for social media users banned from other sites for terms of service violations, like Milo Yiannopoulos, “banned from Twitter for targeted harassment.” With little central oversight for content monitoring, Gab is a free-for-all where users can essentially vote to choose which posts will reach the most people. Banned content is simply limited to  “direct threats of violence, child pornography, pornography and doxxing.”

It seems as if we may be living in a world where the innocent have decreased ability to exercise their freedoms because the volume of the voices on the far right have been amplified. Religious institutions, airports, movie theaters, night clubs, and even shopping streets have all become places where people pay a little bit more attention or avoid altogether because of fear of violence. Freedom of movement, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly have all been restricted as the far-right grows to occupy more space.

 

Read More:

The Hate Poisoning America

United for Human Rights

US Terror Attacks are Increasingly Motivated by Right-Wing Views

Ideological Motivations of Terrorism in the United States, 1970-2016

Gab, The Social Media Platform Favored by the Alleged Pittsburgh Shooter, Explained


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