The Conspiracy Consortium: Examining Discussions of COVID-19 Among Right-Wing Extremist Telegram Channels

Authors: Ciaran O’Connor  
Published: 17 December 2021

COVID-19 has given rise to the development of a hybrid threat landscape, merging misinformation, conspiracy theories, hate, harassment and extremism. Drawing on data analysed from over 200 Telegram channels between January 2020 – June 2021, this report provides fresh insight into the role of right-wing extremist communities within this nexus, in particular their role amplifying and spreading COVID-19 conspiracy content and misinformation on Telegram.

The report features a detailed case study that explores the evolution of an influential Telegram channel that operates as a COVID-19 conspiracy hub and illustrates how extremist actors are converging on COVID-19 conspiracy content.

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Online Extremism in North Macedonia: Politics, Ethnicities and Religion

This report provides a baseline for the nature and scope of extremist, hateful and polarising narratives in the online ecosystem of North Macedonia. The report provides an overview of some of the most prominent extremist narratives across the political, ethnic, and religious spectrum in the country.