FREE Initiative: ‘Diverting People from Getting Involved’

This publication was published as part of the FREE Initiative

Far-right extremist attitudes are often far from confined to the margins of society, but increasingly found in the mainstream. In many cases far-right individuals are perfectly normal, socially integrated, and connected in one way or another to mainstream groups and ideas. In some countries, like Hungary, far-right attitudes are widespread amongst young people. In others, like the UK, younger generations are progressively more tolerant than older generations. However, even in these places, it is important that front-line professionals do not assume this trend will continue without programmes in place to promote tolerance and democratic behaviour among those vulnerable to far-right ideologies.

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The Boom Before the Ban: QAnon and Facebook

This report is a collaboration between the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the nonpartisan news-rating organisation NewsGuard. It analyses QAnon-related contents on Facebook during a period of increased activity, just before the platform implemented moderation of public contents spreading the conspiracy theory.