The mass media of the aggressor country and its representatives contribute to the development of far-right extremism on the Internet and provoke violent crimes. This conclusion was made by analysts from the George Washington University, Axios reports.
Experts saw a connection between Russian media messages and radical nationalist ideas online. The influence is spontaneous and unorganized, so it is difficult to deal with it.
«It looks like the fog of war. It would be so easy if it was organized somehow. Unfortunately, it is not. Our article connects these two worlds: the Russian media promote certain types of narratives on topics such as immigration or racism, and there is a whole ecosystem of extreme online communities that listen to them», — said physicist Neil Johnson.
According to him, hate is fomented and the idea of «white» nationalism as the dominant community. Such messages are first distributed on less popular platforms, secret chats and gaming communities.
During the study, groups in 5 social networks were analyzed. Most often Russian media referred to:
- VKontakte has 6.1 thousand unique links, 51% of the total.
- 4chan — 2.9k, 24.8%.
- Gab — 2.5 thousand or 20.9%
- Telegram — 299 or 2.5%
- Facebook — 36 or 0.3%
Share of links to Russian propaganda media in communities by platform:
- 4chan — 100%
- Telegram — 38.6%
- VKontakte — 30.9%
- Gab — 13.4%
- Facebook — 8.5%
The roots of extremist communities come from regions with significant racial differences: North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia.
& #171;It turns out we were all wrong. This research shows that you don't need a huge organized bot campaign to influence these types of groups and movements,” commented Neil Johnson.
Recall that bigmir.net previously wrote about that Russia threatens the West with a direct «military clash».