‘I was radicalised by the far right aged 15’

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A former right-wing extremist has described how he was radicalised as a 15-year-old boy in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

John said he wanted to speak out as a way of warning other young people, particularly about the dangers posed online.

“It was unbelievably easy as a young teenager to access propaganda and now it’s just as easy – maybe easier,” John told BBC North West Tonight.

Night after night, he said he would sit in his bedroom, scrolling through far-right forums, watching videos and scouring social media until the early hours.

“I was just a very sort of angry, lost teenager,” said John, who comes from a small town in the north-west of England.

“For me, it took just one click of joining a forum online before I’d been essentially manipulated to hate Islam.

“It started when I saw a post that said ‘If you think British soldiers shouldn’t be on the streets, share this’.

“I connected to that because someone in my family was a soldier and was struggling.

“I joined a group online and then people started saying it was because we’re sending off billions in foreign aid and helping refugees and there’s nothing left for the soldiers.

Content retrieved from: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-64761893.

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  1. Online radicalization and extremist fringe recruitment is an ever-expanding phenomenon. Indoctrination and incitement can occur through an increasing array of social media platforms.

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