Neo-Nazis are using #Telegram to incite #terrorism – and it’s worse than you think

The messaging app is home to the internet’s most hardcore white supremacist communities. An anonymous activist compiled a list of 367 neo-Nazi and white supremacist Telegram channels to illustrate how the secure messaging platform is now home to the internet’s most hardcore far-right communities. The extensive list, which was posted to PrivateBin, includes URLs for hundreds of openly accessible and active channels where users can be found glorifying or advocating for violence and spreading white supremacist ideas. Extremist groups, from Islamic State jihadists to militant Nazi dissidents, have been using Telegram to organize themselves online for years. The communication app was founded by two Russian brothers in 2013 and recently became a safe haven for controversial pro-Trump right-wing internet personalities, such as former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos and activist Laura Loomer, in the wake of permanent bans from the likes of YouTube and Twitter.
Controversial and often-sexist sports blog Barstool, with its seven million Instagram followers, announced this week that it would start a Telegram community to post content Instagram was censoring. Just as personalities can use the platform to continue to connect with supporters and to solicit donations, nefarious far-right organizations use the platform’s to openly share their ideology and propagate hate.Investigating dozens of the channel links from the PrivateBin dump, many with hundreds of followers, the Daily Dot found users praising domestic terrorists like New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, U.S. mass shooter Dylann Roof, and Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik. In many of the extremist channels, killers like these are referred to as “the saints” and “heroes.” (…) A Southern Poverty Law Center analysis of Telegram in June concluded that the app’s public and private chat facility was part of its appeal since “extremists can connect in channels that post publicly facing propaganda and then organize privately on the same app by using its encrypted chat feature.”Gaming chat platform Discord came under fire in 2017, after it was revealed white supremacist groups used it to organize ahead of the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Responding to the revelations, Discord company executives issued a statement condemning the far-right and warning that they would “act swiftly to take servers down and ban individual users” who violate community standards.

via dailydot: Neo-Nazis are using Telegram to incite terrorism—and it’s worse than you think

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