The Headlines: February 2nd Update

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GPAHE Brings You the Latest News in Far-Right Hate and Extremism

NEW GPAHE INVESTIGATION: How The Far-Right Spreads Hate Through Gaming

This week, GPAHE released a new investigation which reveals how far-right groups use gaming platforms to spread toxic messages and ideologies to impressionable young people. Our research emphasizes the far-right’s exploitation of platforms like Roblox to radicalize youth and illustrates how hate, bigotry, and violence are used to harass gamers and recruit new members. This includes specific examples of how extremist narratives are woven into game designs and chats, manipulating popular games to serve as vehicles for spreading hate to an impressionable and vulnerable population. 

These findings underscore the urgent need for the gaming industry to enforce stronger community standards and moderation to combat this rise of online hate and extremism.

Texas Tribune: Texas’ standoff with the feds in Eagle Pass is igniting calls for secession and fears of violence 

 “A Tuesday report by the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism found that transnational far-right groups have also used the standoff to rail against immigrants and proliferate baseless conspiracy theories about the ‘intentional displacement of whites.’”

GPAHE’s take: GPAHE unveiled that white supremacist groups, particularly the Proud Boys and neo-Nazi Active Clubs, leverage Telegram, a loosely-moderated social media platform, to disseminate propaganda and recruit new members. These groups are capitalizing on the standoff in Texas, and global extremist groups have expressed solidarity on Telegram, exacerbating the threat. GPAHE warns that without condemnation from political leaders, violence could result.

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Expresso: “Anti-Islamization” march features Chega supporters and former supporters 

“[GPAHE report] reveals that there are ‘reasons for concern’ regarding the march scheduled for next Saturday in Martim Moniz, Lisbon. The event, organized by a neo-Nazi group, ‘may escalate into violence.’”

GPAHE’s take: This week, we reported on Grupo 1143, an anti-immigrant group in Portugal notorious for violent, racist actions and the use of neo-Nazi symbols. Despite Lisbon City Hall canceling a march organized by Grupo 1143 for security reasons, our investigation indicates that the group plans to move forward and hold its march in a new location. GPAHE will continue to monitor the situation as the weekend unfolds.

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Agenica Publica: What organizations promote sexual conversion “therapies” in Brazil 

“Brazil has a large and very active social media conversion therapy network that, according to our estimate, receives almost no moderation. We hope to be able to work with social media companies to remedy some of this situation, as the content is clearly violative,” GPAHE co-founder Wendy Via

GPAHE’s take: Last week, GPAHE published an extensive report, expanding on our 2022 series, shedding light on the deficiencies in authoritative medical content on social media platforms countering anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy material. This is particularly critical in non-English speaking countries. GPAHE continuously advocates for holding social media and tech companies accountable for developing and effectively implementing robust content moderation to prevent the online proliferation of this tortuous practice. We’re grateful to continue connecting with reporters on the ground in countries where this issue is rampant.

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