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On Gab, domestic terrorist Robert Bowers engaged with several influential alt-right figures

Southern Povertry Law Center’s Hatewatch released a study with NCRI on Robert Bower’s Gab postings. In the months leading up to Robert Bowers’ murderous rampage, he was in deep on the social media platform Gab, frequently reposting content from influential alt-right accounts including Jared Wyand and Bradley Dean Griffin. Read the full report by Hatewatch here: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/11/01/gab-domestic-terrorist-robert-bowers-engaged-several-influential-alt-right-figures

What Is Gab and Who Uses It?

Jeremy Blackburn, UAB Assistant professor, Computer Science and NCRI cofounder discusses Gab and the sociotechnical problems of online hate. A social media expert explains what Gab.com is and why you may want to pay attention to fringe sites like these even when you’re not the target user. See the Video: https://www.wsj.com/video/what-is-gab-and-who-uses-it/9B9A1FBA-DECE-4C4E-BC23-68C9AA62C167.html

Vox: Gab, the social media platform favored by the alleged Pittsburgh shooter, explained

Vox wrote an article citing our “What is Gab? A Bastion of Free Speech or an Alt-Right Echo Chamber?” paper Read the article: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/29/18033006/gab-social-media-anti-semitism-neo-nazis-twitter-facebook

WSJ: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Puts Spotlight on Fringe Platforms and Their Partners

A study from the Cyprus University of Technology, the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science and University College London found that 5.4% of all Gab posts include a hate word—more than twice as often as Twitter posts, but much less frequently than on 4chan’s Politically Incorrect message board. The study said popular hashtags on Gab included […]

NY Mag: What We Know About Robert Bowers, the Alleged Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter

In an article about the shooter in Pittsburgh, New York Magazine referenced NCRI’s analysis as written about in the Washington Post. Bowers’s racism wasn’t only directed at Jews, the Washington Post reports. Many of his rants expressed racism against African Americans, according to an analysis of posts gathered by the Network Contagion Research Institute, a […]

UAB research shows ‘explosive growth’ of Antisemitism online and we must confront it

An Alabama.com article references our work and the paper “A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism”. New research coming out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham detailing an “explosive growth” of Antisemitism online should be a wake-up call for everyone, particularly after last weekend’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Conservatives should be especially concerned, […]

Another Washington Post article citing our work

In an article about the Pittsburg shooter, the Post writes: Bowers’s low profile stands in sharp contrast to feeds on Gab, including the since-deleted account in which a user with Bowers’s name compared Jews to Satan and complained that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement cannot succeed so long as Jews “infest” the country. Many […]

WHYY: Scientists say Gab, a Philly-based social network, is an incubator of hate

WHYY intervierwed Jeremy, Joel, and Barry about Gab, hate online, social networks, and our work and mission. Gab launched in 2016 and claims to have more than 800,000 users. The company describes itself as a defender of free speech, an alternative to platforms like Facebook or Twitter it says have become too politically correct. CEO […]

NCRI Research Featured in the Washington Post

Craig Timberg and Drew Harwell wrote an excellent article about out most recent paper,   “A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism“.  Their article, “Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows” discusses our finding about the nature of alt-right social networks and how real world events such as Trump’s election, inauguration, and the […]

A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism Part 4: Discussion

Main Take-Aways. To summarize, the main take-away points from our quantitative assessment are: Racial and ethnic slurs are increasing in popularity on fringe Web communities. This trend is particularly notable for antisemitic language. Our word2vec models in conjunction with graph visualization techniques, demonstrate an explosion in diversity of coded language for racial slurs used in […]