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Extremist Content Online: Extremists Continue Exploiting U.S. Protests & Civil Unrest On Telegram

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups leveraged their Telegram channels to capitalize on the ongoing U.S. protests and civil disorder, encouraging users to incite violence against protesters and advocating for attacks on infrastructure including power grids. In addition, CEP researchers discovered a Telegram channel allegedly created by a Russian affiliate of the neo-Nazi Attomwaffen Division (AWD) and also located a Dhivehi Maldivian pro-ISIS propaganda group on Facebook. Finally, pro-ISIS Telegram channels began urging followers to switch to the Hoop Messenger application.

Extremist Content Online: White Supremacist Accelerationists And Neo-Nazis Celebrate Violence in Minneapolis

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. CEP researchers found that white supremacist accelerationists and neo-Nazis have been celebrating violence between Minneapolis police and protesters on several Telegram channels and chan imageboards. In addition, last week CEP researchers located a new website dedicated to glorifying and spreading the work of neo-Nazi James Mason.

Extremist Content Online: Neo-Nazi Manifesto Siege Re-Emerges For Sale On Lulu Despite Previous Removal for TOS Violation

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, three separate uploads of James Mason’s neo-Nazi manifesto Siege were made available for purchase on the website Lulu, a print-on-demand, self-publishing, and distribution online marketplace that halted sales of the book from its site in April 2019. Additionally, CEP researchers located the website for a North American-based neo-Nazi group which features essays idolizing Adolf Hitler and national socialism, and encourage the spread of anti-Semitism and racism.

Extremist Content Online: Telegram Continues Providing An Open Channel For Extremists To Spread Violent Propaganda, Hate Speech

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, ISIS released a new propaganda video titled “And Strike Their Necks” on Telegram and subsequently distributed it widely across the RocketChat and Hoop platforms. In addition, multiple white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups celebrated the killing of Ahmaud Arbery on Telegram – as well as on 4chan and 8chan successor websites – and urged followers to incite further violence towards African Americans, with one white supremacist accelerationist Telegram channel directly encouraging more mass shootings. Also, another white supremacist accelerationist Telegram channel dedicated to COVID-19 news urged followers to escalate fear mongering about children being infected with the virus and praised the suspected forthcoming economic collapse.

Tech & Terrorism: Facebook Launches Content Moderation Oversight Board

Last week, Facebook announced the formation of a 20-member independent oversight body tasked with making decisions on contentious content issues, such as online extremism, hate speech, harassment, and user privacy and security. Facebook’s Oversight Board comes nearly two years after a damaging New York Times exposé detailed how Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and other top company executives worked to “delay, deny and deflect” bad news following public relations crises. The process that led to Oversight Board’s creation and subsequent media announcements raise concerns that this is yet another public relations-driven measure in lieu of substantive change.

Extremist Content Online: White Supremacist Street Fighting Gang Creates Telegram Channel Promoting Anti-Immigrant & Anti-Semitic Content

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, the white supremacist street fighting gang, Rise Above Movement (RAM), launched a Telegram channel featuring their extreme right wing, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic content. The Maldivian pro-ISIS Haqqu Media Center released a new video praising a Maldivian ISIS fighter killed in Syria, while ISIS released an Amaq News propaganda video showing an alleged attack on a Nigerien military facility. Also, CEP researchers located two pro-ISIS propaganda websites that use Cloudflare as their name server.

Extremist Content Online: RocketChat Channel Praises Suspected Vehicular Terror Attack & Encourages Violence During Ramadan, COVID-19 Crisis

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, a pro-ISIS RocketChat chatroom celebrated the recent vehicular attack in France that left three French police officers injured and encouraged supporters to conduct more attacks during the holy month of Ramadan and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, ISIS released a new video titled “To Be Absolved Before Your Lord” which disparaged al-Qaeda and included several interviews with fighters from their self-proclaimed province in Yemen.

Extremist Content Online: Pro-ISIS Propaganda Site Reemerges One Month After Takedowns

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, a pro-ISIS website containing violent propaganda and notorious execution videos, weekly newsletters and daily Amaq News updates was located on the .in domain, while a pro-ISIS group released its third version of the “Voice of Hind” magazine which is meant to appeal to Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. Additonally, white supremacist Telegram channels encouraged users to interfere with New York City’s 311 operations by flooding the line with false reports and misinformation. CEP researchers also located a relaunched neo-Nazi website that uses Epik as its name server and registrar, and identified an administrator of a white supremacist Telegram channel praising anti-5G conspiracy theories. Finally, numerous white supremacist Telegram channels celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing while neo-Nazi and white supremacist Telegram and an 8chan successor website celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday on April 20.

Extremist Content Online: Pro-ISIS, Neo-Nazi Groups Using Instagram To Advocate Violence

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, CEP researchers located multiple pro-ISIS and neo-Nazi accounts advocating for violence on the Instagram platform. CEP also found that Telegram increased its removal of ISIS channels, chats and bots during the month of April. Additionally, ISIS claimed responsibility for the first time for a terror attack in the Maldives, while the pro-ISIS Internet group “Cyber Caliphate Shield” released a new video on Telegram and numerous websites. Finally, a neo-Nazi Internet security group announced the formation of an offensive cadre for the purposes of infiltration and sabotage, and Kohti Vapautta, a Finnish neo-Nazi group closely linked to the Nordic Resistance Movement distributed violent propaganda on multiple social media platforms.

Extremist Content Online: 151 Podcast Episodes From Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistant Movement Found On Spreaker

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, CEP researchers located a Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) podcast on Spreaker spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and urging listeners to help expel Jews from Scandinavia; there were 151 podcast episodes from the group in total. Additionally, two ISIS Amaq News propaganda videos were located on various platforms which showed combat in Nigeria and a statement from a man claiming to have been an aide to the head of Afghanistan’s intelligence service. CEP also located at least 30 white supremacist or neo-Nazi Telegram channels commemorating the third anniversary of 11-year-old Ebba Akerlund’s murder in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Finally, a neo-Nazi propaganda website praising racist terrorists and mass shooters was found.