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“A threat to society”: How social media platforms are failing to keep pace with the rise in far-right extremism

Social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have long been aware of the increasing presence of white nationalism on their platforms. It's time to do more to tackle it—or risk being complicit in hateful ideology

By Tola Onanuga  

Members of the far-right Proud Boys shout at a group of counter-protestors at a march in Canada. Photo: PA

White nationalism is thriving online and social media sites have failed to take the problem seriously. Whether its Tommy Robinson whipping up hatred towards Muslims or lesser-known commentators inciting hatred against equality campaigners, the situation has reached a tipping point.

Most white nationalists have links to the far right and claim their mission is to ensure the survival and prosperity of the white race. In the UK, figures show that extreme…

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