Far-right extremists find a new platform after Facebook and Twitter bans

New research shows that when far-right figures are launched from Facebook and Twitter, they will quickly find a new home and may find a more vulnerable audience.

Blair Cottrell and Milo Yiannopoulos (Image source: AAP, AP) [19659003] Does anyone want to know where the far right identities like Katie Hopkins, Milo Yiannopoulos and Blair Cottrell will be when Facebook and Twitter ban them appear? What will happen to those QAnon believers who are forced to "camp" from Facebook?

Although people may celebrate various commentators’ bans or "removal of platformization" to prevent the spread of extreme leftist views. It is correct or just a political loop. In fact, there are some digital websites that will allow very few voices to express their opinions with little or no forum moderation.

These sites include Gab, which is equivalent to those who have been criticized

and then Telegram, the messaging service has been used by extreme right-wing extremists for 12 months. A ban was imposed on the right account.

Researcher Aleksandra Urman of the University of Bern and Stefan Katz of the University of Applied Sciences of Bern paid close attention to how far-right extremists migrated to Telegram and re-established the network. Journal Information, Communication & Society .

They found that far-right extremists tend to organize themselves and connect with each other in a similar way, regardless of the platform of their ideological companions.

They also discovered that after Facebook banned accounts of right-wing extremists, a large number of far-right channels joined the Telegram messaging service in April 2019.

The banned extremists quickly resumed their propaganda.

"The important thing is that the researchers said: "Since April 2019, the structure of the rightmost core of the analyzed network has not evolved gradually, but has remained similar." In addition, The far-right actors dominated the observed network almost immediately after joining the platform.

Another point is that although the ban on mainstream social media networks may reduce viewers’ opinions. Exposure of extreme rightists, smaller viewers on these more niche platforms may become more aggressive.[19659003] U.S. President Donald Trump failed to escape censorship. Researchers found that Trump-related forums or channels were working. Or the White House has a formal relationship, but their position in the network and the lack of any of these are very important. The researchers observed.

They suggested that far-right parties provide more evidence for Trump and his presidency to normalize far-right speech.

They suggested that further work must be done to determine whether banning users from mainstream social media channels is the most effective way to minimize the influence of far-right commentators and prevent radicalization of their followers.

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