jugendschutz.net report: Right-wing extremism online 2018/19

jugendschutz.net, the joint competence center of the federal and state governments for the protection of children and young people on the Internet, publishes situation report on right-wing extremism online.

Hate and right-wing extremist propaganda are everyday occurrences on the Internet. Right-wing extremists see social media as a field of action in which they can intervene in public discourse, gain attention for their own interpretation of the world, and recruit new followers. Right-wing extremist actors and groups from different spectrums use the entire range of social media and their possibilities for this purpose.

While common platforms are used to achieve wide reach, right-wing extremist offerings on platforms such as Instagram are used specifically to address young people in their lifeworlds. In addition, right-wing extremists also use "alternative platforms" on which deletions are rare compared to the better-known platforms. Where moderation and community management hardly take place and communication shifts into the supposed dark field, drastic content is easy to find and "echo chambers" quickly develop.

jugendschutz.net documented 1,486 violations in 2018 and 2019 in the topic area of right-wing extremism. Most of them involved the use of signs of unconstitutional organizations and incitement of the people. 2,096 measures were initiated; deletion or blocking was achieved in over 80 percent of cases. Most of the right-wing extremist propaganda sighted was on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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