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These Desperate Far-Right Grifters Are Trying to Recruit a Militia

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Acollective of far-right media figures have launched a militia—and like any serious militarized group of extremist quacks, they’re recruiting on Instagram, according to a new report from researchers at media watchdog Media Matters for America. Dubbed “North American Patriot and…[Continue Reading...]

‘Wellness is a multibillion-dollar cult. Now I see through it’: the clean-living Instagrammer who learned to let go

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Lee Tilghman entered the online world in the early 2010s, with a healthy food blog she had started in college. Influencing was just becoming a thing. When she moved to Instagram, with the rest of her generation, in 2014, and…[Continue Reading...]

Conspiracy theorist tactics show it’s too easy to get around Facebook’s content policies

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During the COVID pandemic, social media platforms were swarmed by far-right and anti-vaccination communities that spread dangerous conspiracy theories. These included the false claims that vaccines are a form of population control, and that the virus was a “deep state”…[Continue Reading...]

Five Things About the Role of Social Networks in Domestic Radicalization

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Research on radicalization risks and processes consistently points to the importance of social networks and interpersonal relationships in motivating toward or protecting against individual radicalization. It is critical to interrupt the radicalization process before people’s ideologies manifest into violence. Research,…[Continue Reading...]

New analysis shows anti-vaccination conspiracy theories gain political weight due to social media

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Heightened use of social media during the coronavirus pandemic brought with it an unprecedented surge in the spread of misinformation. Of particular significance were conspiracy theories surrounding the virus and vaccines made to combat it. Though conspiracy theories about vaccines…[Continue Reading...]

Prosecution shares social media videos of accused cult leader

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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The trial for an accused cult leader charged with rape continued in Dekalb County Friday. Eligio Bishop, 40, is the alleged cult leader of a polygamist group called “Carbon Nation.” Prosecutors played social media…[Continue Reading...]

Online safety rules have ‘blind spot’ to radicalisation of children, terror watchdog warns

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The risk of children being radicalised by extremism on social media is “a blind spot” in new safety rules being drawn up to tackle toxic content online, the government’s terror watchdog warned on Wednesday. Jonathan Hall KC said that proposals…[Continue Reading...]

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