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, white supremacist and neo-Nazi accelerationist Telegram channels continued calling for the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, British neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) launched a Telegram channel challenging a membership ban that the British government implemented last month. Also, chan imageboard and Telegram chat users praise Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant following his guilty plea. ISIS’s Amaq News Agency released a video of one of the Kabul Gurdwara attackers on Telegram and YouTube. Finally, the pro-ISIS Al-Qitaal Media Center released the second version of the online magazine “Voice of Hind” in an attempt to appeal to Muslims in India.
On March 24, 2020, the United States designated Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. The move comes a week after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. was preparing to designate the ISIS leader—also known as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi—as a terrorist after U.S. intelligence discovered and confirmed his true identity. Al-Mawli, having been one of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “most trusted deputies,” is credited with keeping the terror group intact following Baghdadi’s death in October 2019. Officials say the designation will aid the U.S. in cutting off al-Mawli from forms of financing and resources.
Extremist Content Online: White Supremacist Group Green Brigade ‘Disbands’ Itself, Part Of Dubious Trend
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, the neo-Nazi environmental group, Green Brigade, claimed on Telegram that they were disbanding due to the disappearance of key members. Additionally, ISIS supporters on the RocketChat platform celebrated COVID-19 for killing Americans, Europeans and Iranians. CEP also located a profile for the German Atomwaffen Division on the Gab social media platform. Also, the cofounder of the neo-Nazi Rise Above Movement, Robert Rundo, posted a video to YouTube defending the violent white supremacist group. In addition, CEP located a copy of the Christchurch terror attack video that has been viewed more than 40,000 times on Telegram. Finally, the leader of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), Simon Lindberg, recently posted a blog on the NRM website aiming to recruit members amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and economic hardships.
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, white supremacists on Telegram channels and chan-style message boards blamed Jews, Israel and China for COVID-19 and shared a meme encouraging those who have the virus to spread it to religious minorities. Additionally, on Telegram and chan-style message boards, white supremacists celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch terror attack and advocated for further violence. A neo-Nazi Telegram channel urged for attacks on Jews, donors to pro-immigrant organizations and individuals that are “anti-white,” and a neo-Nazi Internet security group released a cyber security manual with instructions on protecting one’s online information and identity. Also, CEP researchers located seven uploads of a notorious neo-Nazi National Action propaganda video on the BitChute video streaming platform. ISIS released a propaganda video to numerous web platforms titled “Defeated by Their Enemy” from the extremist group’s self-proclaimed Kirkuk province in Iraq. Finally, ISIS’s Al Hayat Media Center released an Urdu nasheed seeking to further exacerbate tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India.
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 suspect was arrested by New Zealand law enforcement for uploading an image on a Telegram channel dedicated to Brenton Tarrant that threatened worshipers at the the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Also, CEP found three ISIS propaganda websites, including one on the Tumblr platform. Additionally, an ISIS video titled “Answering the Call #3”, which calls for Muslims in East Africa to join ISIS, was uploaded from the self-proclaimed province in Somalia and is still available on numerous media platforms.
On February 24, 2020, pro-ISIS media outlet Al-Qitaal Media Center published a new online magazine titled “Voice of Hind” featuring Mahmood Paracha, a lawyer accused of inciting hatred and violence in India. The magazine also states that there is no place for nationalism in Islam, and that India’s Muslims should join the caliphate instead. The publication represents ISIS’s latest effort to gain a foothold in India.
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 located a profile on the gaming distribution service and social network Steam that either belongs to Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant, or is a replica of his account. Additionally, a pro-ISIS affiliate group released a new online magazine for the India region calling for violence. Also, five alleged Atomwaffen Division (AWD) members were arrested, resulting in far-right Telegram groups criticizing the formation of groups like AWD due to the risk of being apprehended for taking illegal actions. Four white supremacist Telegram channels were removed, including one notorious for dispersing accelerationist content inciting violence, however all four channels were either reinstated or were replaced. CEP also located German AWD propaganda on the Imgur and ibb.co platforms. Finally, an anti-Semitic Telegram account opened profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Gab and Parler.
Extremist Content Online: Alleged Shooter In Deadly German Attacks Celebrated By White Supremacists On Telegram, Chan-Style Imageboards
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, white supremacist Telegram channels and chan-style imageboards celebrated the alleged shooter in two deadly attacks in Hanau, Germany that left nine dead. Additionally, CEP located ISIS content on Telegra.ph, and also located an ISIS Amaq video on multiple websites including Telegram and RocketChat. Also, an accelerationist white supremacist Telegram channel urged viewers to kill elected officials. Finally, two videos featuring an accelerationist song advocating for the murder of Jews, people of color, Latinos and immigrants that included background Atomwaffen Division (AWD) footage were also located on YouTube.
Extremist Content Online: Amazon Continues To Profit From Sales Of Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist 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. This week, CEP finds that Amazon continues to sell notorious neo-Nazi books, including The Turner Diaries, despite a company policy statement that it would halt the sales of several neo-Nazi and white supremacist books. Additionally, white supremacist accelerationist Telegram channels continue to encourage violence in Virginia in response to legislature’s proposed assault weapon ban. Also, CEP researchers located a website and social media accounts for a new extreme right group, Revolt Through Tradition (RTT). A pro-ISIS account urged ISIS supporters to end their use of the application TamTam and instead utilize alternate options such as Telegram, Riot and RocketChat. Also, the neo-Nazi group, Feuerkrieg Division (FKD), announced on their Telegram channel that the group was disbanding. Finally, CEP researchers found a pro-ISIS blog on the Blogspot platform.
Violence amongst ethnic groups in Mali has sparked concern from human rights campaigners. The country experienced its deadliest year for civilians in 2019 since Mali’s political and military crisis in 2012. Jihadists from al-Qaeda and ISIS have been encouraging inter-ethnic attacks in the hopes of asserting their power throughout both the country and the West African region. In the past two years, these militants have also demonstrated their influence by forming an alliance called the Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) and by establishing a new cell called the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. A new Human Rights Watch report has estimated that more than 456 people have died in the past year alone from the violence.