Canadian right-wing extremism increased online during the pandemic

Report warns extreme right-wing activity could rise as lockdown restrictions are lowered. Online activity by right-wing extremists in Canada rose last year during the pandemic, despite efforts by governments and social media companies to curb extremism and hate speech, according to a new report. The report also found that right-wing extremists in Canada are being influenced by their increasingly violent counterparts in the U.S. “This raises the concern that an emboldened and increasingly violent extreme right in the U.S. could help to inspire similar activity in Canada, as Canadian right-wing extremists look to their U.S. counterparts for inspiration,” wrote the authors of the new report from the U.K.-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, set to be made public later this week. Proud Boys Canada may have disbanded ‘in name only,’ researchers warn
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That extremism could rise as lockdown restrictions are eased, the report warns. “Given the possibility that the pandemic has introduced new audiences to extreme right-wing ideology,” says the report, “it is possible that when lockdowns are lifted, this may correlate to rates of extreme right activity that are higher than the pre-lockdown level.”

via cbc: Canadian right-wing extremism increased online during the pandemic

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