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El Paso shooting: It’s not just America—the threat of far-right extremism is global

8chan going offline is a first step in fighting online extremism and hate, but taking down extremists' platforms of choice cannot be effective if their ideas are allowed to thrive elsewhere—including in European politics

By Cécile Guerin  

A vigil by anti-gun groups in New York is held in the wake of the El Paso shooting. Photo: PA

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” These words appeared on the anonymous messaging board 8chan less than twenty minutes before the deadly mass shooting in a Walmart in the Texan town of El Paso on Saturday.

According to news reports, the attacker is the suspected author of a hate-filled anti-immigrant rant, in he which advocated defending the country from “cultural and ethnic replacement.” This…

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