Hate at the push of a button

Authors: Philip Kreißel, Julia Ebner, Alexander Urban, Jakob Guhl

Published: 23 October 2018

This joint report by ISD and German campaign group, ‘Ich Bin Hier’, maps the rise and nature of far-right hate speech in Germany. It combines quantitative data-analysis from Facebook comment sections with insights gained from ethnographic research in far-right chat groups.

The report demonstrates that a relatively small portion of highly active users are responsible for a disproportionate amount of hateful far-right online content. The findings strongly suggest that far-right trolls use sophisticated media strategies to spread hate campaigns online. A small, but well-coordinated network of far-right accounts are therefore able to mainstream their ideas by influencing media reporting, and in turn, public debate by creating a false impression of representing a wider portion of society than they actually do.

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In the Blind Spot – How right-wing extremists use alternative platforms for radicalisation

This report provides a summary of the first annual expert conference "Im toten Winkel - Wie Rechtsextreme alternative Online-Plattformen zur Radikalisierung nutzen" (In the blind spot - How right-wing extremists use alternative online platforms for radicalisation), which took place as part of the project "Radikalisierung in rechtsextremen Onlinesubkulturen entgegentreten" (Countering radicalisation in right-wing extremist online subcultures), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ).