As per a recent bombshell research by George Washington University academics, there seems to be an explicit and rising correlation involving Russian state propaganda and digital right-wing radicalization throughout the world. The results indicate that Russian government disinformation has an organic impact on such right-wing radical networks, making it more difficult to counteract.
“Our research reveals a relationship between these two worlds: Russian media supporting particular sorts of narratives around subjects like immigration or racism, and an entire ecosystem of extreme groups online listening to them,” explained the study’s co-author Neil F. Johnson, a professional physicist. This analysis helps put current racist attacks in perspective, such as the recent gun massacre in Buffalo in May, in which an 18-year-old white supremacist opened fire at a Tops supermarket.
Johnson pointed out that an online nexus of hate organizations reinforces existing tropes regarding white nationalism in such a manner that they pervade the mainstream. Such remarks are frequently disseminated through off-the-beaten-path channels, such as heavily encrypted messaging applications and gaming sites. Experts identified what they term “hate clusters” (digital loony radical organizations) that have uploaded links to Russian state propaganda to explore the connections between fringe outfits on the internet and Russian disinformation.
Throughout June 2019 and January 2020, they discovered 734 fringe organizations and examined if as well as how frequently they disseminated links to Russian propaganda spanning five social networking sites. Fringe-racist organizations that post links to Russian state media, according to the study, typically begin in locations with substantial ethnic differences, such as North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, as well as Scandinavian countries.