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This is the Alt-Right’s Favorite Chat App. Then Arrived Charlottesville.

This is the Alt-Right’s Favorite Chat App. Then Arrived Charlottesville.

They posted swastikas and praised Hitler in boards with names like “National Socialist Army” and “Führer’s petrol Chamber.” They organized final weekend’s “Unite the Right” 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 woman’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…)

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