This report presents the findings of a research project of ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit about the alternative online-ecosystem of the far-right, including alternative social media platforms and alternative media outlets. While these platforms draw in a global audience this report focuses specifically on the German speaking and Germany-focused communities and outlets within this ecosystem. Drawing together ISD’s digital ethnographic work across dozens of forums and channels with the latest in machine learning and natural language processing, this report provides an overview over the size and nature of the far-right communities on these platforms, the motivations for participating in these communities and assesses whether banning far-right groups from mainstream platforms leads to the displacement of their followers to ‘alternative’ platforms.We also analyse the role of alternative ‘news’ outlets in disseminating far-right concepts, drawing on the ‘Hate Observatory’, a joint initiative of ISD and the MIT Media Lab , based on their Media Cloud software, and compare the frequency and types of coverage of far-right themes in mainstream and alternative media. This report also recommends steps to be taken by tech companies, government, civil society and researchers to counter the far-right online.
- Counter narratives
- Digital policy
- Education and digital citizenship
- Far right extremism
- Hate and polarisation
- Islamist extremism
Fluchtwege. Wie das Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz auf etablierten sozialen Medien durch die Verlinkung zu alternativen Plattformen umgangen wird
Für diese Studie wurde das Onlinemilieu rechtsradikaler und rechtsextremer Akteur:innen im Hinblick auf die Verlinkung zu alternativen Plattformen untersucht. Ziel der Analyse war es, den breiteren Kosmos der Online-Plattformen zu erschließen, die von rechtsextremen und rechtsradikalen Akteur:innen genutzt werden.
This report documents the second-year findings of a study by researchers at ISD which tracks the online ecosystems used by right-wing extremists (RWE) in Canada. This work is delivered in the context of a larger study into Canadian RWE, led by a team of researchers at Ontario Tech University (OTU) in partnership with Michigan State University and the University of New Brunswick.