MEMRI Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor (DTTM) Publishes Analysis Of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, And Antigovernment Extremists On TikTok Discussing Mass Shootings And Bombmaking, And Posting Antisemitic, Racist, Anti-LGBTQ+ Content
WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / January 9, 2023 / The MEMRI Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor ( DTTM ) project, which focuses on racially motivated violent extremism (RMVE), domestic terrorism, and antisemitism, recently published the report “Extremism On TikTok In 2022 - A Year In Review: Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, And Antigovernment Extremists Active On TikTok; Call For Violent Revolution; Discuss Mass Shootings And Bombmaking; Post Racist, Anti-LGBTQ, Antisemitic Content.” The report includes research from the DTTM team around the world covering content on the platform in dozens of languages.
MEMRI DTTM Director Dr. Simon Purdue said about the report: “This is a year-in-review report detailing the widespread extremist content on the short-form video-sharing platform TikTok. The app has seen increased scrutiny for its ties to the Chinese state in recent months, and state and local governments - including the government of Maryland - are beginning to place restrictions on the platform’s use by their employees and contractors. Similarly, the app has seen controversy over its aggressive algorithm and the radicalization potential that this can pose, particularly for younger users of the app who may inadvertently be drawn into extremist or conspiratorial content through algorithmic pull. White supremacist, neo-Nazi, and antigovernment extremists have taken advantage of this vulnerability, using TikTok to spread their message to new, younger audiences, with the ultimate goal of radicalizing young people into extremism.”
Dr. Purdue added: “While TikTok has been aggressive with content moderation and removal, neo-Nazis and white supremacists have still been able to use the platform to spread misinformation, hateful content, and even incitement to violence. This year the MEMRI DTTM found that extremists were using TikTok to promote violence against the LGBTQ+ community, to call for the genocide or expulsion of Jews, to incite antigovernment violence or revolution, and to call on viewers to target critical infrastructure, including power substations and water supplies. A number of prominent international and U.S.-based groups use the platform, with many evading bans through the use of ‘Algo-Speak,’ or algorithm-friendly language and selective self-censorship.”
This report details the findings of the MEMRI DTTM project’s analysis of TikTok over the past 12 months, and presents a comprehensive overview of extremists’ use of the platform. Government agencies and media may request access to this report by emailing email@example.com with their full credentials.
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