The Growing Threat of Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism

Source: Spiegel

The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the internet has forged a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network of radicals.

Photo Gallery: The Danger of the Online-Bred Far Right
At around 1:30 p.m. on a recent Friday afternoon, some people on 8chan, an online message board, watched a mass murder unfold. Brenton Tarrant had just announced he would carry out a deadly attack and stream it live on Facebook. The first fans quickly voiced their support. “Good luck,” one user wrote; another: “Sounds fun.” A third person wrote that it was the “best start to a weekend ever.” When Tarrant’s head-mounted camera showed him murdering the first person at the entrance to the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand — someone who had just greeted him kindly — a fourth person wrote, “Holy fuck nice shootin.”

2 replies

  1. Right wing, left wing you’re all wrong to God.

    Stop focusing on the bad and start doing something better with your sorry lives.

    I say sorry because I am sorry I ever created any one of you assholes.

  2. Fear of On line-Bred Right-Wing Extremism in Germany is ill founded. It is law abiding great nation which values humanity and basic rights and well organised to control crimes. The only failure is journalistic dishonesty which even Spiegel has also shown. If killer in NZ had been a Muslim and victims non Muslims you would had made big headings of Islamic Terrorism. Here you wrote Bred Right Wing Extremism. Just ponder on your double standards of fairness and honesty.

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