Magazine
Latest Issue

“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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect