Do online forums act as “radicalization machines” for white supremacists and the mainstream GOP?

Before embarking on a murderous rampage in a predominantly black neighborhood, the Buffalo gunman posted a white supremacy manifesto online that focused on white dominance, white fertility and white survival. These are all sentiments shared by the Republican Party and its media arms, says author and extremism researcher Talia Lavin, who has spent nearly a year posing as right-wing white supremacists online, in assuming false identities to infiltrate their groups, while working on her book, “Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy.” She adds that online chat platforms such as 4chan and Telegram are essentially “perpetual motion radicalization machines” where “those already radicalized or in the process of being radicalized can soak up propaganda”. His recent article for Rolling Stone headlined “The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf’. He’s a Traditional Republican.

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