Tag: Fringe Groups and Movements

Charlottesville Extremists Lose in Court, but Replacement Theory Lives On

The jury verdict on Tuesday holding a dozen white supremacists liable for the violence at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., was a victory for those who have long inveighed against far-right extremists and a rare example of hate group leaders being held responsible not only for the language they use, but […]

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What Astroworld, the Rust Shooting and the Surfside Collapse Have In Common

We humans need narratives to process what happens around us or in the world at large. As the popular historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari has said: “The truly unique trait of Sapiens is our ability to create and believe fiction. All other animals use their communication system to describe reality. We use our communication […]

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Meta plans to remove thousands of sensitive ad-targeting categories.

Meta, the social media company formerly known as Facebook, said on Tuesday that it planned to eliminate advertisers’ ability to target people with promotions based on their interactions with content related to health, race and ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation and thousands of other topics. The move, which takes effect on Jan. 19, affects […]

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Opening Statements Begin in Charlottesville Rally Trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As a series of videos depicting a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., were played in court on Thursday, Elizabeth Sines reached for a tissue to wipe away her tears. Racist chants could be heard in the footage of a torch-lit march, along with the chilling screams after one rallygoer drove his car […]

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Trauma of Charlottesville Rally Is Soundtrack to Start of Civil Trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As a series of videos depicting a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., were played in court on Thursday, Elizabeth Sines reached for a tissue to wipe away her tears. Racist chants could be heard in the footage of a torch-lit march, along with the chilling screams after one rallygoer drove his car […]

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An Oath Keeper Was at the Capitol Riot. On Tuesday, He’s on the Ballot.

He has not gotten support from the state Republican Party, and Mr. Ciattarelli has tried to distance himself from Mr. Durfee. “Anyone who advocates terrorism, or had anything to do with the insurrection, has no place in our party,” said Chris Russell, a strategist for the Ciattarelli campaign. Deconstructing the U.S. Capitol Riot The Times has […]

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Victims of Charlottesville Rally Argue the Violence Was Planned

The violent rally started with a mob of men brandishing burning torches in the heart of an American city while chanting racist, antisemitic slogans, and it ended with a woman murdered, scarring a nation. Now, more than four years later, a civil trial starting on Monday in Charlottesville, Va., will revisit those unsettling events. The […]

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In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech

On Feb. 4, 2019, a Facebook researcher created a new user account to see what it was like to experience the social media site as a person living in Kerala, India. For the next three weeks, the account operated by a simple rule: Follow all the recommendations generated by Facebook’s algorithms to join groups, watch […]

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Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation, to Little Effect

WHAT HAPPENED 1. From Wednesday through Saturday there was a lot of content circulating which implied fraud in the election, at around 10% of all civic content and 1-2% of all US VPVs. There was also a fringe of incitement to violence. 2. There were dozens of employees monitoring this, and FB launched ~15 measures […]

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Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

VIENNA — It seemed like a miracle. For years, Austria’s conservative party had languished far behind its rivals. Then in May 2017, the polls spectacularly reversed, giving the conservatives newfound credibility that helped them convince voters that they had a real chance of winning. Five months later, in elections, they did. The man credited with […]

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U.S. Antigovernment Groups Are Influencing the French Far Right

WASHINGTON — Right-wing extremist groups in the United States have been influencing French groups, spreading antigovernment conspiracy theories in Europe, the top French intelligence official said on Wednesday. The official, Laurent Nuñez, France’s national intelligence and counterterrorism coordinator, has been in Washington this week for meetings with American officials such as his U.S. counterpart, Avril […]

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How Éric Zemmour Is Turning French Politics Upside Down

PARIS — He is the anti-immigration son of parents from Algeria. He styles himself as the great defender of France’s Christian civilization, though he himself is Jewish. He channels Donald J. Trump in an anti-establishment campaign. And he is now scrambling the battle lines before France’s presidential election in April. The meteoric rise of Éric […]

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Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says

“We will continue to face scrutiny — some of it fair and some of it unfair,” he said in the memo. “But we should also continue to hold our heads up high.” Here is Mr. Clegg’s memo in full: OUR POSITION ON POLARIZATION AND ELECTIONS You will have seen the series of articles about us […]

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Officers Who Pledge Loyalty to Oath Keepers Should Be Fired, Mayor Says

Any New York City police officer who is found to have pledged allegiance to the Oath Keepers or other violent “far-right nationalist” groups should be investigated by the Police Department, charged internally and removed from the force, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday. “If we confirm that any police officer has pledged allegiance to […]

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She Bought Her Dream Home. Then ‘Sovereign Moors’ Changed the Locks.

The official-looking letters started arriving soon after Shanetta Little bought the cute Tudor house on Ivy Street in Newark. Bearing a golden seal, in aureate legalistic language, the documents claimed that an obscure 18th-century treaty gave the sender rights to claim her new house as his own. She dismissed the letters as a hoax. And […]

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