Understanding Digital Hate Culture

August 14, 2019

Online radical-right extremist groups exhibit a massive range of ideological stances and approaches, which vary from country to country. These include the affirmed political stances of alt-right groups, the social movement-like practices of groups like Generation Identity, and the violent,...

Can Alt-Tech Help the Far Right Build an Alternate Internet?

July 23, 2019

Distributed web, cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based video live-streaming are some of the so-called alt-tech tools that some radical right actors are beginning to use as they continue to be removed from regular social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Just to make sure...

8chan: Where the Appalling Becomes Appealing

July 18, 2019

8chan is one of the most notorious message boards on the internet. Its contents include subjects ranging from extremist political ideas to extreme pornography. Unsurprisingly, it stands by the slogan “Embrace Infamy.” Visitors receive an equally intriguing salutation: “Welcome to 8chan, the...

In Defense of Facebook’s “Ban” of the Far Right’s Dirty Dozen

May 23, 2019

In banning the far right from its platform, Facebook acted like a responsible media provider. In April, Facebook announced its decision to “ban” 12 UK-based individuals and organizations linked to the radical right. Arguing that each sought to "spread hate," Facebook explained that the...

Memes of Hate: Countering Cyber Islamophobia

April 17, 2019

Linking hate speech or extreme language with humor looks disturbing, since it is assumed that prejudice, intolerance and fanaticism are humorless per se. Memes have a frequent presence in our daily lives. They flood our timelines on different social media platforms, usually to provide us with a...