Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism: From the web to real life

The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the Internet has created a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network of radicals.

The situation in the United States shows what happens when the dangers of the violent far-right are ignored for too long. According to the Anti-Defamation League, violent right-wing extremists have killed considerably more people in the country than any other group since Sept. 11, 2001. In 2017, the first year in which Donald Trump was in office, approximately 60 percent of all terror attacks in the U.S. were motivated by right-wing extremist ideology, whether racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic. What is happening in the U.S. could well happen in Germany, Austria, Sweden or other European Countries, too.

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