Twitter, Youtube, Byron discussed on PRI's The World
I'm Carol Hills 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, gaining big followings and doing recruitment work, almost unchecked, according to watchdog organizations. There's been a huge backlash and now some online platforms are beginning to crack down the world's Lydia leader has our story and a warning. Parts of Lydia's report are disturbing. Last week Heidi buyer and her team reached out to youtube and twitter after discovering slew of white supremacist pages on their sites. We wanted to do was to say you to get this off your platforms. This is directly tied to terrorism. It is you're responsible for you to be hosting this content Byron is with the global project against hate and Extremism A. A US based nonprofit that tracks white supremacists online last week our 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 more so than any one else. For spreading 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 nonwhite immigrants to obviously a flawed notion, and 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. On twitter and Youtube were linked to generation identity chapters in more than twelve countries, and had tens of thousands of followers I'll wish it was hard to find them because it may be other people would find their accounts, but it was actually very simple all she had to do basically type their name in the search bar in different languages. She found some accounts and then. Then the platforms pretty much did the rest of the work for her suggesting similar people in groups she could follow or subscribe to. This is one of the reasons. The Algorithms these companies used to suggest content are considered so controversial. It sucks you in and send you to more and more extreme contact, and that's a really dangerous thing, and it's the bedrock of why we. We have so many young, largely white males who were getting radicalized into white supremacy around the world since two thousand eighteen buyer excess, there have been at least six attacks motivated by great replacement ideas including the terrorist attack, two mosques in Christchurch News land last year, alleged killer in core appearing defined making the hand signal associated with white nationalism. The gunmen had highs to. To the generation identity movement, and named the Great Replacement Conspiracy Theory in his manifesto, one Byron and her colleagues brought their findings to twitter and you to the company's took action. They removed dozens of these accounts including ones belonging to Martin. selander 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. Big Platforms really started cracking down on white supremacists and other extremist and hate groups just in the last few weeks, platforms including, read it twitch. FACEBOOK have kicked off groups and individual people, including high profile figures like Stefan Mono, 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 Ben's like this are. Are Too little too late. Howard graves 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 good faith partners, using our limited resources to try and help them identify bad actors on their platforms, and almost nothing would happen these. 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 did free speech, but as things began to change slightly in two thousand, seventeen in the aftermath of the unite the right rally in.