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Dark Side of the Web: The Spread of Hate
Ideology Through Social Media
Victor Nguyen
White Nationalism in Traditional Media
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Extremist ideologies exist in small pockets of the
population.
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Limited by space...
Why Are Extremists Coming to the Internet?

The Long Tail
− Market of ideas no longer limited by
spatial restrictions

C...
Studies I Examined
Source: Spinning the Web of Hate, Schafer
Studies I Examined
Source: Spinning the Web of Hate, Schafer
Studies I Examined
Source: Mining Communities..., Chau & Xu
Studies I Examined
Source: Mining Communities...,Chau & Xu
Studies I Examined
Source: Mining Communities...,Chau & Xu
Trends Within WN Communities
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External linking practices linking to other WN sources

Sites presenting themselves as leg...
Questions

How are WNs coping with social media sites which
restrict intolerant rhetoric?

How has the Internet fundamen...
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  1. 1. Dark Side of the Web: The Spread of Hate Ideology Through Social Media Victor Nguyen
  2. 2. White Nationalism in Traditional Media  Extremist ideologies exist in small pockets of the population.  Limited by space  Hostile forces  Censored by traditional mass media
  3. 3. Why Are Extremists Coming to the Internet?  The Long Tail − Market of ideas no longer limited by spatial restrictions  Church-Sect Cycle − Sects' ideologies often compromised over time by assimilation into mainstream  Logic of congruence − Extremist ideologies are legitimized on individual scales by communal conditioning
  4. 4. Studies I Examined Source: Spinning the Web of Hate, Schafer
  5. 5. Studies I Examined Source: Spinning the Web of Hate, Schafer
  6. 6. Studies I Examined Source: Mining Communities..., Chau & Xu
  7. 7. Studies I Examined Source: Mining Communities...,Chau & Xu
  8. 8. Studies I Examined Source: Mining Communities...,Chau & Xu
  9. 9. Trends Within WN Communities  External linking practices linking to other WN sources  Sites presenting themselves as legitimate sources of definitive information (often through outright lies)  WN communities often up to date with technological trends and social media patterns  Later 2000s: Proliferation of WN groups from isolated message forums into mainstream social networks
  10. 10. Questions  How are WNs coping with social media sites which restrict intolerant rhetoric?  How has the Internet fundamentally altered the historical patterns in which extremist ideologies have developed?  The Internet now offers the opportunity for fledgling extremists to cultivate their views, is this a necessary evil that comes as a result of the structure of the Internet? Or can this voice be eliminated without negative repercussions for the mainstream?
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