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The Business of Hate: Bankrolling Bigotry in Germany and the Online Funding of Hate Groups

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) have published a new study which shows how 17 known German far-right groups and actors alleged use online funding services to fund their activities. These services include companies like Mastercard, Paypal, Giropay and WooCommerce). More than half of these online funding services have Terms of Service (ToS) that should prohibit their use by such sites.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on Twitch

ISD discovered that content which expresses support for extreme right wing ideologies can be discovered on Twitch with relative ease, for example, through the practice of “Omegle Redpilling.” However, these videos are probably better considered as sporadic examples rather than representative of the systemic use of Twitch by the extreme right for radicalisation and coordination.

Hatescape: An In-Depth Analysis of Extremism and Hate Speech on TikTok

This research examined how TikTok is used to promote white supremacist conspiracy theories, produce weapons manufacturing advice, glorify extremists, terrorists, fascists and dictators, direct targeted harassment against minorities and produce content that denies that violent events like genocides ever happened. Furthermore, the report includes analysis of how users seek to evade takedowns by TikTok.

An Online Environmental Scan of Right-Wing Extremism in Canada

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.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on DLive

ISD found that a wide range of extremist influencers, including British white nationalists, use DLive as part of a broader strategy to broadcast extreme right ideology online. Analysts also observed signs that efforts by DLive to implement more robust terms of service appear to be having an impact on extremist activity.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on Discord

ISD found that the Discord platform primarily acts as a hub for extreme right-wing socialising and community building, as well as gamified harassment through ‘raids.’ The analysis suggests that Discord provides a safe space for young online users to share ideological material and explore extremist movements.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on Steam

This chapter analyses 45 interconnected Steam community groups associated with the extreme right. ISD found Steam to host the most diverse subgroups of extreme right communities, ranging from public servers set up for supporters of far-right political parties to violent neo-Nazi groups, some active on the platform since 2016.