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South one A one car into the bushes on the shoulder of that ramp. Julie de Cuba D. I'm on the nervous on the next news, our covert and race to part book on the striking disparities in the pandemic. That's Wednesday on the PBS NewsHour. Stay tuned for the PBS NewsHour this afternoon at three o'clock you're on public radio. I'm Carol Hills. This's the world hate speech and extremist content are not allowed on most major social media platforms. Technically speaking, that is in reality, global networks of white supremacist and other extremist groups have flourished online gaming, big followings and doing recruitment work almost unchecked, according to watchdog organizations. I've been a huge backlash, and now some online platforms are beginning to crack down. The world's Lydia Amano leader has our story and a warning. Parts of Lydia's report are disturbing. Last week, Heidi by Rick and her team reached out to YouTube and Twitter after discovering a slew of white supremacist pages on their sites. What we wanted to do was to say you need to get this off your platforms. This is directly tied to terrorism. It is irresponsible. For you to be hosting this contact by Rick is with the global project against Hate and extremism. A U. S based nonprofit the tracks White supremacists online. Last week, her organization came out with a damning report. It identified dozens of YouTube and Twitter accounts belonging to Generation identity. A multinational extreme far right organization with chapters in Germany, France, the Czech Republic. Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. We looked at this group in particular because it is responsible Morse oh than any one else for fretting the ideas of the great replacement. This is a racist conspiracy theory. The idea is that in Western countries, white people are slowly being snuffed out or displaced by non white immigrants. It's obviously a flawed notion. It makes no sense. But this is the propaganda that these people believe in and have been spreading through Social media. The accounts by Rick and her team found on Twitter and YouTube, where linked to generation identity chapters in more than 12 countries and had tens of thousands of followers. I wish it was hard to find them because then maybe other people wouldn't find their accounts. But it was actually very simple. All she had to do was basically type their name in the search bar in different languages. She found some accounts and then the platforms pretty much did the rest of the work for her, suggesting similar people in group she could follow or subscribe to. This is one of the reasons the algorithms thes companies used to suggest content are considered so controversial. It sucks you in and sends you to Maura and more extreme contact, and that's a really dangerous thing, and it's the bedrock. Of why we have so many young, largely white males who are getting radicalized in the white supremacy around the world since 2018 Eirik says there have been at least six attacks motivated by great replacement ideas, including the terrorist attack of two mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand last year, an alleged killer in court. Appearing to find making a hand signal associated with white nationalism. The gunmen had ties to the generation identity movement and named the Great replacement conspiracy theory in his manifesto when by Rick and her colleagues brought their findings to Twitter and YouTube, the company's took action. They removed dozens of these accounts, including ones belonging to Martin Sellner Generation identities. Unofficial leader in Austria. This might seem like a no brainer, but Watchdog groups say it wasn't until recently that the big platforms really started cracking down on white supremacists and other extremists and hate groups. Just in the last few weeks, platforms including Reddit Twitch Facebook have kicked off groups and individual people, including high profile figures like Stefan will know a Canadian white nationalist, and David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Frankly, it's pathetic that it's taken that long. Fans like this are too little, too late. Howard Graves is a researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, he says. For years and years, his organization and others tried to get social media companies to take the white supremacist problem on their platforms. Seriously. We would act as you know, good faith partners using our limited resource is to try and help them identify. Bad actors on their platforms, and almost nothing would happen. These mainstream platforms grave says became hubs for extremist content, a place where a range of white supremacist groups could establish sprawling transnational networks to communicate with one another and to recruit. The companies weren't doing much, he says, and they say did free speech. He says things began to change slightly in 2017. In the aftermath of the night, the right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, white.

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