New Study Links Online Hate Groups To Racist Murders
A new report has come forward to shine light on the connection between on line hate groups and racially-motivated murders.
According to a report released Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization, there has been a developing online trend of posters on online hate forums being “disproportionately responsible” for mass killings and racist crime.
A community of “White Nationalists,” Stormfront describes itself as “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.”
Users of the website were responsible for over 100 murders in the last five years, claim researchers.
Past visitors include Wade Michael Page, an American veteran who killed six people in a mass shooting at a Sikh Temple in 2012. Another was Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in a shooting spree at a youth summer camp in 2011.
“It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged,” said Heidi Beirich, author of the report.
People certainly underestimate the effects of online hate groups. Do you agree with the findings in this study?