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8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shootings. Should the government treat it like one?

As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “Who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am […]

ADL Partners with Network Contagion Research Institute to Study How Hate and Extremism Spread on Social Media

New York, NY, March 12, 2019 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today announced a partnership with the Network Contagion Research Institute to produce a series of reports that take an in-depth look into how extremism and hate spread on social media – and provide recommendations on how to combat both. The Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) […]

When Twitter Bans Extremists, GAB Puts Out the Welcome Mat

The first in a series of reports co-authored by the Network Contagion Research Institute and ADL’s Center on Extremism The toxicity on social media creates victims online and online ecosystems that breed real-life hatred.  Gab, a self-described “free speech” platform largely used by right wing extremists, has been the preferred platform for hatred and vitriol. Users include […]

Post Gazette – When Twitter bans, Gab grows

Gab.com, the social media site apparently favored by Robert Bowers in the months before the Tree of Life massacre in which he is charged, grows when Twitter bans extremist voices, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League and the Network Contagion Research Institute. The report characterizes bans by Twitter as the lifeblood of Gab. It raises the […]

HATE IS WAY MORE INTERESTING THAN THAT’: WHY ALGORITHMS CAN’T STOP TOXIC SPEECH ONLINE

Researchers have recently discovered that anyone can trick hate speech detectors with simple changes to their language—and typos are just one way that neo-Nazis are foiling the algorithms. Pacific Standard interviews Professor Jeremy Blackburn and NCRI Director Dr Joel Finkelstein about the research and algorithms we use to understand hate speech in social networks. Read […]

Silicon Valley’s Year in Hate

On Oct. 26, 2018, authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc in South Florida after he mailed 14 crudely constructed pipe bombs to outspoken critics of President Trump over the span of five days. His social media accounts were dedicated to extreme right-wing conspiracy theories attacking prominent liberals, such as philanthropist George Soros and Bill and Hillary […]

Despite YouTube‘s Efforts, It‘s Still a ‘Vortex‘ of Hate

CLARKSBURG CALLER Clarksburg Caller recent wrote an article citing our work in analyzing YouTube usage in Gab. A year after YouTube‘s chief executive promised to curb “problematic” videos, it continues to harbor and even recommend hateful, conspiratorial videos, allowing racists, anti-Semites and proponents of other extremist views to use the platform as an online library for spreading […]

East Boston Reacts To White Supremacist Fliers

Jenna Fisher from Patch wrote an article about recent white supremacist fliers popping up in Boston citing our work. After fliers promoting white supremacy appeared around East Boston Thursday, several residents sprang into action, walking street to street to tear them down and prompting the mayor and other elected officials to release a statement denouncing the message. Read more here

Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they’re still rampant on YouTube

We collaborated with Craig Timberg and other journalists at the Washington Post to collect and expose the fact the YouTube has been a repository for hate. A year after YouTube’s chief executive promised to curb “problematic” videos, it continues to harbor and even recommend hateful, conspiratorial videos, allowing racists, anti-Semites and proponents of other extremist views to […]

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – How Robert Bowers went from conservative to white nationalist

Rich Lord from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote an interesting article detailing some of Robert Bower’s past as well as his engagement on Gab. Joel Finkelstein, NCRI Director, was interview for this article and provided insight into his behavior on Gab and about Gab in general. Read the article here: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/11/10/Robert-Bowers-extremism-Tree-of-Life-massacre-shooting-pittsburgh-Gab-Warroom/stories/201811080165