No Lone Shooter: How Anti-Semitism Is Winning New Converts on the Internet

Conspiracy theories have been at the core of anti-Semitism, and the internet is a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theorists. Exactly how this genre is evolving was the subject of an event held last week at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View by UC Santa Cruz’s Data and Democracy initiative.

“Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest hatreds in the world,” said Rachel Deblinger, co-director of the Digital Jewish Studies Initiative and director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at UC Santa Cruz. “The internet provides the tools of creation and dissemination to everyone.”

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WESA: Alleged Pittsburgh And Christchurch Shooters Had Similar Online Activity, Report Finds

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League shows similarities in the online activity of the men accused of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shooting. Both men frequently posted about “white genocide” on fringe websites, and announced their intentions to commit violence before their respective attacks.

The analysis found that extremist views flourish on websites that don’t dissuade white nationalist communities, such as Gab and 8chan.

Joel Finkelstein, director of the Network Contagion Research Institute and fellow at the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism, said the report shows the ideological hostility and indoctrination within white nationalist groups is more similar to foreign terror groups like ISIS than many may think.

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Post Gazette: Report rips online haunts of accused Tree of Life, New Zealand shooters as platforms for extremism

The Anti-Defamation League says an analysis of the online behavior of Robert Bowers, charged with killing 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and Brenton Tarrant, accused of murdering 50 Muslims in New Zealand, shows that both used similar online forums that promote a “white genocide” conspiracy theory and warns that the platforms are being used to radicalize like-minded extremists to commit similar crimes.

The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that combats anti-Semitism and monitors extremism, said in a report released Tuesday that the forums, and 8chan, are “rife with white supremacist, hateful, anti-Semitic bigotry.”

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The Crime Report: How ‘Echo Chambers of Hate’ on Social Media Fuel Right-Wing Violence

An examination of social media posts by two recent mass killers by the Anti-Defamation League suggests that a global shadow community of white supremacists goads its members into deadly hate crimes.

Social media platforms used by white extremists have become “echo chambers of hate” that are likely to inspire more violence similar to the recent anti-semitic and anti-muslim mass killings in New Zealand and Pittsburgh, according to a study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released Tuesday.

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How ‘Echo Chambers of Hate’ on Social Media Fuel Right-Wing Violence

The Rot Starts At The Top: The Problem With De-Platforming The Far-Right

The Rot Starts At The Top: The Problem With De-Platforming The Far-Right

So, Facebook has finally come to the realisation that white nationalism and separatism is not actually the same as national pride. In a long overdue move, “praise, support, and representation of white nationalism and separatism” will now be banned on the platform.

This comes after growing calls for social media platforms to moderate the content on their sites, including from Scott Morrison, who, following the massacre of 50 people in Christchurch, wants social media companies to “write an algorithm to screen out hate content”.

This article cites our recent report with the ADL

The twin hatreds: How white supremacy and Islamist terrorism strengthen each other online — and in a deadly cycle of attacks

This past week, after attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that left 50 dead, the Islamic State appealed for retribution. Calling the shootings an extension of the U.S.-led military campaign against the group in Syria and Iraq, the group’s spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, said they “should wake up those who were fooled and should incite the supporters of the caliphate to avenge their religion.” The faithful cannot stand by, he said, while “Muslims are burned to death and are bombed.”

NCRI was interviewed by Sulome Anderson for this article. Read more here


8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shootings. Should the government treat it like one?

As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “Who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am ready. I want to fight.”

To experts in online extremism, the performance echoed another brand of terrorism — that carried out by Islamist militants who have long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. Their tone, tactics and propaganda were eerily similar. The biggest difference was their ambitions: a white-supremacist uprising, instead of a Muslim caliphate.

NCRI worked with the Washington Post on this article.  Read the article here