Exclusive: FBI warned over summer that pandemic was reenergizing militia movement (Yahoo News)

Yahoo News: Exclusive: FBI warned over summer that pandemic was reenergizing militia movement. “Almost four months before the FBI arrested six men for plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor, the bureau warned local and state law enforcement about a surge in militia extremists seeking to target government officials, particularly those they blamed for pandemic restrictions, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by Yahoo News.”

Vox: Facebook and Twitter said they would crack down on QAnon, but the delusion seems unstoppable

Vox: Facebook and Twitter said they would crack down on QAnon, but the delusion seems unstoppable. “In many ways, any effort to stop QAnon’s rising influence is too late. The theory continues to grow online, in both the number of followers and the strength of its political influence in the Republican Party. The growing political clout of the movement is especially worrisome for misinformation researchers who say QAnon is potentially becoming one of the largest networks of extremism in the United States.”

New York Times: Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed.

New York Times: Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed.. “The QAnon movement has proved extremely adept at evading detection on Facebook under the platform’s new restrictions. Some groups have simply changed their names or avoided key terms that would set off alarm bells. The changes were subtle, like changing ‘Q’ to ‘Cue’ or to a name including the number 17, reflecting that Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet. Militia groups have changed their names to phrases from the Bible, or to claims of being ‘God’s Army.'”

TechCrunch: Facebook boots Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with a history of violence

TechCrunch: Facebook boots Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with a history of violence. “Facebook removed accounts belonging to far-right group Patriot Prayer and its leader Joey Gibson on Friday, citing a new effort to eradicate ‘violent social militias’ from the platform. That effort emerged through a policy update in mid-August to the company’s rules around “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations.” Those changes resulted in the removal of a number of groups and pages linked to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon and some militia organizations, as well as groups and pages linked to Antifa, a decentralized left-leaning ideology that opposes fascism.”

Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered (BBC)

BBC: Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered. “One of the largest collections of online material belonging to the group calling itself Islamic State has been discovered by researchers at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD). The digital library contains more than 90,000 items and has an estimated 10,000 unique visitors a month. Experts say it provides a way to continually replenish extremist content on the net. But taking it down is difficult because the data is not stored in one place.”

New Zealand Herald: How Facebook, Google algorithms feed on hate speech, rage

New Zealand Herald: How Facebook, Google algorithms feed on hate speech, rage. “Notice how those unsavoury posts liked by some long-forgotten friend always seem to float to the top of your curated social media feeds Wonder how an incitement to violence can stay on your screen for days? What about that infuriating conspiracy that keeps getting forced down your throat According to an Australian digital security researcher, it’s no bug. It’s a feature. It’s a subliminal mechanism designed to extract maximum revenue out of your inbox.”

TIME: How Far-Right Personalities and Conspiracy Theorists Are Cashing in on the Pandemic Online

TIME: How Far-Right Personalities and Conspiracy Theorists Are Cashing in on the Pandemic Online. “[Nick] Fuentes, 22, a prolific podcaster who on his shows has compared the Holocaust to a cookie-baking operation, argued that the segregation of Black Americans ‘was better for them,’ and that the First Amendment was ‘not written for Muslims,’ is doing better than O.K. during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s part of a loose cohort of far-right provocateurs, white nationalists and right-wing extremists who have built large, engaged audiences on lesser-known platforms like DLive after being banned from main-stream sites for spreading hate speech and conspiracy theories.

The Verge: Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting

The Verge: Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting. “In the wake of an apparent double murder Tuesday night in Kenosha, Facebook has faced a wave of scrutiny over posts by a self-proclaimed militia group called Kenosha Guard, which issued a ‘call to arms’ to in advance of the protest. Facebook took down Kenosha Guard’s Facebook page Wednesday morning, identifying the posts as violating community standards. But while the accounts were ultimately removed, new evidence suggests the platform had ample warning about the account before the shooting brought the group to prominence.”

The Guardian: Google giving far-right users’ data to law enforcement, documents reveal

The Guardian: Google giving far-right users’ data to law enforcement, documents reveal. “A little-known investigative unit inside search giant Google regularly forwarded detailed personal information on the company’s users to members of a counter-terrorist fusion center in California’s Bay Area, according to leaked documents reviewed by the Guardian. But checking the documents against Google’s platforms reveals that in some cases Google did not necessarily ban the users they reported to the authorities, and some still have accounts on YouTube, Gmail and other services.”

Vice: The Boogaloo Bois Are All Over Facebook

Vice: The Boogaloo Bois Are All Over Facebook. “The anti-government Boogaloo movement is thriving on Facebook under an array of code names, where followers are circulating links to Google Drives containing manuals on bomb making, how to be a getaway driver, and how to murder people with your bare hands, an investigation by the Tech Transparency Project found.”

Mashable: Police are worried about white extremists organizing on Gab Chat, leaked documents show

Mashable: Police are worried about white extremists organizing on Gab Chat, leaked documents show. “Violent white extremists are sick of getting doxxed on Discord, and will ‘likely’ move their organizing efforts to an encrypted messaging alternative created by Gab, an alt-right favorite. So claims a May 26 law enforcement bulletin leaked, along with 269GB of files from over 200 police departments, in late June by hackers and published by Distributed Denial of Secrets, a journalist organization specializing in the publication of leaked documents.”

Washington Post: Covid-19 pandemic is stoking extremist flames worldwide, analysts warn

Washington Post: Covid-19 pandemic is stoking extremist flames worldwide, analysts warn. “Across the globe, violence has emerged a major and persistent side effect of the pandemic that has stricken 12 million people and killed more than 550,000. Even as it overwhelms hospitals, covid-19 is also straining security forces in scores of countries, exacerbating long-standing conflicts while fueling grievances and spurring the growth of extremist groups, security officials and analysts say in a series of new studies and interviews.”

‘ISIS Files’ launch: Thousands of documents reveal the terror group’s inner workings (Task & Purpose)

Task & Purpose: ‘ISIS Files’ launch: Thousands of documents reveal the terror group’s inner workings. “The New York Times and GWU announced a partnership in 2018 to digitize, translate, and analyze more than 15,000 pages of internal ISIS documents. Now, those documents are beginning to appear on the ISIS files website, which is based around themes such as ideology, war spoils, agriculture programs, and religious police files.”

BBC: TikTok’s Boogaloo extremism problem

BBC: TikTok’s Boogaloo extremism problem. “The song is catchy – a classic country and western. A gentle southern twang croons out a chorus. Like many TikTok clips, the user has added music and effects to their video. This is not a normal TikTok vid though. First of all, the username clearly contains a homophobic reference. Second, the man is holding a massive assault rifle.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest. “On Sunday, the @docscustomknives Instagram account placed an ad on the popular photo-sharing social network advocating that people ‘join the militia, fight the state.’ As clips from action movies play, showing police officers being shot and killed, music blares with lyrics proclaiming, ‘We ain’t scared of no police / We got guns too.’ As of Tuesday afternoon, the ad was still online.”