“We’ve seen hate becoming mainstream”: This news site aims to tie together the intel on extremism (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: “We’ve seen hate becoming mainstream”: This news site aims to tie together the intel on extremism. “After years of writing about it for TPM, The Daily Beast, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, [Nick Martin] decided to start The Informant, a newsletter and site dedicated to ‘original reporting and intelligence on hate and extremism in America today.’ While any number of outlets were covering pieces of the story, Martin said he didn’t see any one making sense of it and explaining what it all means.”

The National: Removing extremists from social media sites effective in limiting influence, report says

The National: Removing extremists from social media sites effective in limiting influence, report says. “Removing extremist groups from social media is an effective way of destroying their fan bases, a new report has revealed. A study by the Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology found radical groups do not necessarily thrive on alternative platforms once they have been removed from the mainstream.”

Los Angeles Times: Facebook decided which users are interested in Nazis — and let advertisers target them directly

Los Angeles Times: Facebook decided which users are interested in Nazis — and let advertisers target them directly. “Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message — even when that audience is made up of people interested in the perpetrators of the Holocaust or explicitly neo-Nazi music. Despite promises of greater oversight following past advertising scandals, a Times review shows that Facebook has continued to allow advertisers to target hundreds of thousands of users the social media firm believes are curious about topics such as ‘Joseph Goebbels,’ ‘Josef Mengele,’ ‘Heinrich Himmler,’ the neo-nazi punk band Skrewdriver and Benito Mussolini’s long-defunct National Fascist Party.”

A Growing Frontier for Terrorist Groups: Unsuspecting Chat Apps (Wired)

Wired: A Growing Frontier for Terrorist Groups: Unsuspecting Chat Apps. “ISIS has effectively exploited the power of technology to fuel its rise around the globe, from streaming and file-sharing platforms to messenger applications and social media services. Many tech companies have responded in turn, strengthening their oversight and security measures. But while major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram are becoming increasingly inhospitable to ISIS, the group’s reach is growing on lesser-known messenger apps designed for businesses and gamers.”

The Daily Beast: How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right

The Daily Beast: How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right. “For David Sherratt, like so many teenagers, far-right radicalization began with video game tutorials on YouTube. He was 15 years old and loosely liberal, mostly interested in ‘Call of Duty’ clips. Then YouTube’s recommendations led him elsewhere. ‘As I kept watching, I started seeing things like the online atheist community,’ Sherratt said, ‘which then became a gateway to the atheism community’s civil war over feminism.’ Due to a large subculture of YouTube atheists who opposed feminism, ‘I think I fell down that rabbit hole a lot quicker,’ he said.”

Leadership (Nigeria): AUN, 8 Others To Build Database On Boko Haram Insurgency

Leadership (Nigeria): AUN, 8 Others To Build Database On Boko Haram Insurgency. “The American University of Nigeria (AUN) and a consortium of nine universities in Canada and the Lake Chad basin countries of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon has secured a preliminary grant of C$198,000 to build a massive database on the Boko Haram insurrection in the Lake Chad basin.”

University of Maine: Sporer uses Twitter to research criminological behavior online

University of Maine: Sporer uses Twitter to research criminological behavior online. “In the modern era of social media, more than 300 million people use Twitter to share news and engage in online conversations. This provides a glimpse into the minds of a diverse public – making Twitter a useful tool for researchers to study people who sympathize and promote extreme violence. Dr. Karyn Sporer, associate professor of sociology, is analyzing a subsample of more than 4,300 tweets looking for emerging themes that justify violence. One of her goals is to help agencies find strategies to counter violent extremism and radicalization.”

The Western Journal: Facebook Accused of ‘Suggesting’ Terrorists Add Each Other as Friends

The Western Journal: Facebook Accused of ‘Suggesting’ Terrorists Add Each Other as Friends. “[Gregory] Waters and fellow researcher Robert Postings examined the Facebook activity of 1,000 Islamic State supporters in 96 countries. They said that terrorists were often introduced to one another through Facebook’s ‘suggested friends’ feature. Postings said that after clicking on news accounts of the Islamic uprising in the Philippines, he received a vast number of friend suggestions connecting him with extremists in that part of the world.”

Polygon: Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers

Polygon: Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers. “Atomwaffen Division, The Right Server, Nordic Resistance Movement, Iron March and European Domas are just some of the servers that were shut down recently as part of Discord’s attempt to purge its platform of hateful content.” Discord is a chat app designed for gamers but some people just use it because they like it. Lifehacker has a good overview article.