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Methods used by extremists platforms to recruit followers

Jan 6, 2021 | Studies & Reports

European Centre for Counterterrorism and Intelligence Studies-Germany and Netherlands.

Extremist Content Online: Pro-ISIS Magazine “Voice Of Hind” #11 Released

counterextremism project-The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, the eleventh issue of the pro-ISIS web magazine “Voice of Hind” was released on numerous websites and featured an article allegedly written by ISIS supporters in the Maldives that stressed the importance of encouraging and planning attacks in the West, as well as attacks targeting Westerners in the Maldives and the country’s military and police. In addition, ISIS-affiliated Amaq News released a video on Telegram showing the executions of five men identified as Christians in Borno State, Nigeria.

Also, the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement Telegram channel and Parler account posted photographs from the group’s anti-vaccine propaganda efforts in Denmark, which showed the group’s flyers alleging that the vaccine is “untested.” Additionally, the notorious neo-Nazi James Mason appeared on a podcast hosted by the admins of an infamous neo-Nazi accelerationist Telegram channel where he explained the core tenets of his book Siege with the hosts and answered questions from listeners.

Meanwhile, a prominent neo-Nazi accelerationist Telegram channel with over 7,000 subscribers released a manifesto calling for global unity, stating that white supremacists must transcend the concept of nationalism and commit acts of accelerationist terrorism. In addition, CEP researchers located a website that features a collection of approximately 40 songs that promotes acts of violence and terrorism against people of color, Jews, women, and the LGBTQ community. Finally, a Russian neo-Nazi group is soliciting cryptocurrency on Telegram, claiming they use donations for social activities, website maintenance, propaganda, and creating offline programming.

Pro-ISIS Magazine “Voice of Hind” #11 Released

The eleventh issue of the pro-ISIS web magazine “Voice of Hind” was released on numerous websites on December 19. The magazine is meant to appeal to Muslims in the Indian subcontinent and beyond. The magazine featured an article allegedly written by ISIS supporters in the Maldives that stressed the importance of encouraging and planning attacks in the West as well as attacks targeting Westerners in the Maldives and the country’s military and police. The article also offered guidance for planning and claiming responsibility for attacks. The issue also argued that democracy and Islam are incompatible and provided justification for immolation as a form of execution.

Links to the magazine were spread via RocketChat. The web magazine was released on at least five websites: the Internet Archive, File.Fm, Mega.Nz, Tlgur.Com, and Top4top. Approximately 72 hours later, the video was still available on the Internet Archive, but were removed after being reported by CEP.

ISIS Affiliated Amaq News Releases Execution Video from Nigeria

On December 29, ISIS-affiliated Amaq News released a video on Telegram showing the executions of five men identified as Christians in Borno state, Nigeria. The video stated that the execution was in revenge for the Zangon Kataf crisis in 1992. Photos from the video were also uploaded to JustPaste.It.

Neo-Nazis Push Anti-Covid-19 Vaccine Propaganda

On December 20 and December 30, the primary neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement Telegram channel and its Parler account posted photographs from the group’s anti-vaccine propaganda efforts in Denmark. The pictures show the group’s flyers alleging that the vaccine is “untested.” In March, the group’s leader, Simon Lindberg, stated that the virus’s long-term effects on society, especially economic damage, could benefit the NRM.

Numerous white supremacist and neo-Nazi Telegram channels have also promoted anti-COVID-19 vaccine propaganda. Multiple channels with thousands of subscribers have stated that the vaccine is either unsafe or a tool for social control. Some Telegram outlets are hoping to make the vaccine issue a political flashpoint. Many neo-Nazi propagandists, especially those embracing accelerationism, seek to weaken government authority and promote social discord.

James Mason Appears on Neo-Nazi Accelerationist Podcast Posted on Telegram, YouTube, and BitChute

On December 19, the notorious neo-Nazi James Mason appeared on a podcast hosted by the admins of an infamous neo-Nazi accelerationist Telegram channel. On the podcast, Mason explained the core tenets of his book Siege with the hosts and answered questions from listeners. During his appearance Mason stated that “the ends justifies (sic) the means,” and urged listeners not to “discuss anything sensitive or illegal with anybody.” One of the podcast hosts praised acts of terrorism and spoke positively about Timothy McVeigh and other terrorist acts, which he described as acts of “martyrdom.” The podcast hosts expressed optimism about recruiting prospects in 2021 given the potential for social unrest and economic crisis in the U.S.

The podcast was posted on Telegram and YouTube as a private video. It was still on YouTube as a private video ten days later, on December 29. A copy of the podcast was also posted on BitChute, where it had approximately 300 views after being online for one week.

Prominent Neo-Nazi Accelerationist Telegram Channel Calls for Unity in White Supremacist Fight

On December 25, a prominent neo-Nazi accelerationist Telegram channel with over 7,000 subscribers released a manifesto calling for global unity. The declaration states that white supremacists must transcend the concept of nationalism and commit acts of accelerationist terrorism. The document concludes with 20 points of strategic advice taken from James Mason’s book Siege. The document was released in English, French, Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Swedish, and Afrikaans. The manifesto was made through the collaboration of at least two Telegram channels and was shared by at least 13 different Telegram channels. The original Telegram post, which included the pdf, was viewed over 5,000 times in approximately four days.

Website Hosting White Supremacist Music Encouraging Violence Located

CEP researchers located a website that features a collection of approximately 40 songs that promotes acts of violence and terrorism against people of color, Jews, women, and the LGBTQ community. The tracks feature a computer-generated voice and are attributed to a former McDonald’s advertising mascot co-opted by the extreme right. The website also contains several other neo-Nazi and white supremacist artists that promote racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and homophobia. The link for the website was spread on Telegram. A Reddit community dedicated to the character persists despite being reported. The website uses HostGator as its name server and Epik as its registrar.

Russian Neo-Nazi Group Solicits Cryptocurrency Donations

A Russian neo-Nazi group is soliciting cryptocurrency on Telegram. The group has previously shared links that contain information on the homemade production of explosives. The group claims they use donations for social activities, website maintenance, propaganda, and creating offline programming. The channel states that they are actively looking for IT personnel and individuals to do offline activities in their “radical wing.” The Telegram channel has over 5,000 members and has direct individual Telegram contacts and private chats.

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