Irish Examiner: Irish far-right groups flocking to encrypted and unmoderated social media sites, research finds

Irish Examiner: Irish far-right groups flocking to encrypted and unmoderated social media sites, research finds. “Irish far-right groups have been exploiting online loopholes and using encrypted and largely unmoderated social media sites and messaging apps to mobilise and spread messages of hate throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s according to research carried out by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD), an independent global organisation dedicated to powering solutions to extremism, hate, and disinformation.”

BBC: New database launched to counter extremism

BBC: New database launched to counter extremism. “The EMAN Network, standing for Extremist Monitoring Analysis Network aims to ‘combat hate speech and extremist ideologies by profiling radical individuals and organisations of all faiths’. Far-right extremists, anti-Semitic tweeters and those who propagate a violent interpretation of Islam and other religions, are all profiled in EMAN’s database which currently holds around 150 entries.”

Engadget: Homeland Security may use companies to find extremism on social media

Engadget: Homeland Security may use companies to find extremism on social media. “The Department of Homeland Security might not rely solely on in-house systems to spot extremist threats on social media. Intelligence officer and initiative leader John Cohen told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that Homeland Security is looking at hiring companies to analyze social networks for signs of impending terrorism and other extremist violence. The department had been studying social media before, but the outside partners would help “dramatically” expand these efforts, Cohen said.”

Reuters: Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database

Reuters: Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database. “A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters.”

Pensacola News Journal: UWF Historic Trust releases first academic report on Wentworth KKK documents. What’s next?

Pensacola News Journal: UWF Historic Trust releases first academic report on Wentworth KKK documents. What’s next?. “A year after Pensacola learned that the beloved local historian T.T. Wentworth Jr. was a leader of the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, the first academic report on the trove of Wentworth’s Klan documents is complete. The UWF Historic Trust released the preliminary report into the Wentworth Klan documents on Thursday and along with the report all 265 documents have been posted on the online digital archive.”

Homeland Security Today: One Year After Facebook Takes Steps to Remove Boogaloo Content, Movement Resurfaces on Platform

Homeland Security Today: One Year After Facebook Takes Steps to Remove Boogaloo Content, Movement Resurfaces on Platform. “In June 2020, Facebook announced that it had taken down hundreds of groups and pages on its platform associated with the violent anti-government boogaloo movement, one of several major purges of extremist material by Facebook that year to address extremists’ use of its platform…. However, in recent months, several new boogaloo pages have emerged on Facebook, hiding among libertarian groups and pages that also share memes advocating for violence.”

NBC News: There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol. Why hasn’t this evidence been used in court?

NBC News: There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol. Why hasn’t this evidence been used in court?. “…even after months of intensive investigation, Justice Department prosecutors have presented no evidence so far that any of the 420 individuals charged to date for their actions Jan. 6 planned in advance to attack the building in which Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. But a new report by a nonprofit research group, and a separate review by NBC News, uncovered hundreds of social media posts discussing plans to move on the Capitol, including a map of the building and talk of how to create a stampede that would overwhelm Capitol Police.”

Mashable: TikTok’s algorithm is sending users down a far-right extremist rabbit hole

Mashable: TikTok’s algorithm is sending users down a far-right extremist rabbit hole. “QAnon. Patriot Party, Oath Keepers. Three Percenters. Videos promoting these far right wing movements are all banned on TikTok. Yet the viral app’s recommendations algorithm keeps pushing accounts that promote these groups and movements anyway. According to a new report by the media monitoring group Media Matters for America, TikTok’s user recommendation algorithm is pushing its users toward accounts with the kinds of far-right views that are supposedly prohibited on the platform.”

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism. “Next Thursday will be the first time the tech CEOs will face Congress since the January 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol, where different groups of individuals incited by disinformation campaigns led by former President Donald Trump and his allies sought to prevent the certification of the presidential election. Questions about the role of the tech platforms in contributing to radicalization and extremism and propagating disinformation related to the election are expected, according to a press release from the Committee. They are also interested in the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.”

Facebook and Twitter algorithms incentivize ‘people to get enraged’: Walter Isaacson (Yahoo Finance)

Yahoo Finance: Facebook and Twitter algorithms incentivize ‘people to get enraged’: Walter Isaacson . “The CEOs of Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), and Twitter (TWTR) will appear later this month before a U.S. House subcommittee to face questions over the spread of misinformation tied to the 2020 election and COVID-19. In a new interview, author Walter Isaacson — best known for his biography of late Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs — said social media platforms should take more responsibility for the extremism and misleading information fostered by their sites. He offered a blistering criticism of the algorithms that determine what users see, calling them ‘dangerous.’”

PsyPost: Study suggests that the modern anti-vaccine movement is shaped by Christian nationalist ideology

PsyPost: Study suggests that the modern anti-vaccine movement is shaped by Christian nationalist ideology. “New findings suggest that the contemporary anti-vaccine movement — also known as the anti-vaxx movement — is characterized by religious exclusivism. The study found that Christian nationalism was the second best predictor of anti-vaccine attitudes among Americans. The findings were published in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.”