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Extremist Content Online: Dylann Roof Glorified By White Supremacists 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, multiple white supremacist Telegram channels and chan users celebrated the five year anniversary of the shooting massacre committed by white supremacist Dylann Roof that left nine dead in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition, CEP researchers located two new ISIS Amaq news videos. Also, a Telegram channel was located claiming affiliation to an alleged Brazilian Atomwaffen Division (AWD) group and a white supremacist Telegram channel shared instructional information on manufacturing 9mm ammunition. Finally, a white supremacist user of an 8chan successor website suggested individuals should commit false flag property attacks against local politicians in an effort to turn them against anti-police brutality protests.

U.S. Demonstrators Contend With Uptick In Vehicular Attacks

Recent demonstrations across the U.S. have been marred by at least 19 cases of individuals allegedly using vehicles as weapons to drive into crowds, according to witnesses and police. In at least eight of these cases, drivers face charges over what prosecutors have claimed to be deliberate acts. In a Virginia court filing, the Commonwealth alleges a driver who hit a demonstrator’s bicycle and threatened the protesting crowd nearby with his truck told police he was a high-ranking official of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Extremist Content Online: ISIS Supporters Skirt Barriers 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, ISIS supporters circumvented efforts by Telegram to disrupt and slow the spread of ISIS content on its platform and continued to disperse ISIS propaganda using the messaging app’s Telegra.ph feature. Also, a pro-ISIS cyber security group, Electronic Horizons Foundation, released a guide for using the Hoop Messenger platform. Meanwhile, neo-Nazis uploaded a video to Telegram and YouTube of various individuals harassing and threatening Black Lives Matter protesters in Knoxville, Tennessee. Finally, CEP researchers located two videos from the white supremacist group Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) on YouTube as well as a video message from the cofounder of the white supremacist movement, Rise Above Movement (RAM), advocating for white vigilantism.

Russian Imperial Movement Provides Weapons & Combat Training To German Neo-Nazis

German neo-Nazis are training with the far-right Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) to gain proficiency in more advanced military-style tactics, according to a report by German news magazine Focus. The RIM, which was recently designated by the United States as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, is said to have hosted extremists who belonged to the youth wings of two German political parties considered to be neo-Nazi movements, the National Democratic Party and The Third Path. The training reportedly took place at a camp known as Partizan near Saint Petersburg, where former Russian military members conduct trainings on bombmaking, marksmanship, combat medicine, and small-group tactics such as assaulting and clearing buildings.

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: 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.

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.

Tech & Terrorism: Extremist Groups Leverage Coronavirus Pandemic Online

On Sunday, the New York Times highlighted increased efforts by white supremacist extremist groups to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to advance their radical agendas and attract new members. Far-right extremist groups are increasingly mobilizing their appeals to potential supporters online that include racist sentiments, anti-Semitic tropes, and misinformation with claims that COVID-19 is a Jewish-run conspiracy and, alternatively, as being spread by nonwhite immigrants.