They posted swastikas and praised Hitler in boards with names like вЂњNational Socialist ArmyвЂќ and вЂњFГјhrerвЂ™s petrol Chamber.вЂќ They organized final weekendвЂ™s вЂњUnite the RightвЂќ rally in Charlottesville, Va., connecting a few major white supremacy teams for an intimidating display of force. When that rally switched life-threatening, using the killing of a 32-year-old counterdemonstrator, they cheered and talked about keeping a gathering during the womanвЂ™s funeral.
A group chat app that was popular among far-right activists for two months before the Charlottesville rally, I embedded with a large group of white nationalists on Discord. I lurked quietly and saw these activists organize on their own as a coalition that is cohesive and interviewed lots of moderators and people about how exactly they utilized the solution to art and propagate their communications. (više…)