Extremists use video games to recruit vulnerable youth

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Reports of far-right extremists trying to recruit young people through video games have raised concerns for parents, guardians and youth alike.

In October, a statement from Australian Federal Police said officers had seen evidence of extremist groups trying to recruit young people through online games. In one instance, a teen had shared a video game recreation of the 2019 Christchurch attack. Another recent example came from online gaming platform Roblox, in which some users had set up recreations of the Nazi Third Reich.

Extremist groups, including jihadists and neo-Nazis, have a history of using video games to spread messages of hate. And while this doesn’t mean all gamers will be exposed, or radicalised if they are, it’s still a concern for security agencies the world over. Parents, guardians and gamers should be aware of the risks.

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