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Does Online Hate Actually Cause Real-World Extremism

By Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton writing for Quillette


Censorship encourages the censored to create or use alternative platforms that are harder to monitor. Millions of conservatives migrated to Telegram after President Trump was banned from Twitter. The perceived attack on their free speech by conservatives has resulted in the growth of alternatives like Parler and Gettr.


From the article,

While calls to censor hate speech and violent extremist content on social media platforms are common, there’s little evidence that online incitement leads to real-world radicalization. Ironically, such calls may actually galvanize extremists, who interpret hostile media coverage, commentary, and censorship policies as confirmation of their victimhood narratives and conspiratorial thinking.

Read the full article at Quillette