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Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt

Mr. Benjamin did not respond to attempts to engage him in the reform process, Ms. Hart said. “His response to us when we told him about the reform process was to nitpick and say, ‘I was being anti-Nazi,’” Ms. Hart said. “You cannot say those words on our platform. It …

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The Shift: How YouTube’s Year-in-Review Video Set Off a Civil War

YouTube’s decision to keep things G-rated is understandable. Advertisers have been jittery about the platform since revelations last year that YouTube’s algorithms placed some ads next to extremist, racist content and hate speech. That led several large advertisers to pull their ads from YouTube. YouTube then tightened its monetization rules, …

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Far-Right Internet Groups Listen for Trump’s Approval, and Often Hear It

The White House press office did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Right-wing extremists — a catchall category for a messy constellation of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, crypto-fascists, nihilists and attention-seeking trolls — vary widely in style and ideology. Some congregate out in the open, on forums like 4chan and …

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On Social Media, No Answers for Hate

SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. A search for the word “Jews” displayed 11,696 posts with the hashtag “#jewsdid911,” claiming that Jews …

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On Gab, an Extremist-Friendly Site, Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Aired His Hatred in Full

What did exist on Gab was a flurry of posts made by people who appeared to share Mr. Bowers’s hatred for Jews. The site, which functions like a combination of Twitter and Reddit, is not exclusively for bigots. It has areas for various interest groups, including cryptocurrency traders, doomsday preppers …

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Cesar Sayoc’s Path on Social Media: From Food Photos to Partisan Fury

“There are tons of people like this,” said Shannon McGregor, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Utah who studies social media. “He took these memes to their most violent extreme, but this is a pretty big world on social media.” The genesis of Mr. Sayoc’s partisan awakening …

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