The Online Ecosystem of the German Far-Right
This report presents the findings of a research project of ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit about the alternative online-ecosystem of the far-right, including alternative social media platforms and alternative media outlets. While these platforms draw in a global audience this report focuses specifically on the Germanspeaking and Germany-focused communities and outlets within this ecosystem. This report provides an overview over the size and nature of the far-right communities on these platforms, the motivations for participating in these communities and assesses whether banning far-right groups from mainstream platforms leads to the displacement of their followers to ‘alternative’ platforms. This report also recommends steps to be taken by tech companies, government, civil society and researchers to counter the far-right online.
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