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Rise in neo-Nazis using social networks

2011-07-21 23:05

Berlin - German neo-Nazis are looking increasingly to social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube to propagate racial hatred and recruit new members, an official study released on Thursday indicated.

The Federal Agency for Political Studies said around 6 000 far-right posts had been found on social networks in Germany last year, about three times as many as in 2009.

Agency chief Thomas Krueger told reporters as he presented the findings that the use of such websites by right-wing extremists had "escalated dramatically".

"We must not give ground to the far right and their hate propaganda," he said.

Krueger said the sites themselves must clean house and do a more thorough job of enforcing their own rules of conduct with the help of other users who alert them when offensive videos and slogans appear.

"We need users who defend our fundamental values and fight off neo-Nazis," he said.

Stefan Glaser, the head of the division studying the far right at jugendschutz.net, a group seeking to crack down on the problem on the internet, said neo-Nazis often tried to mask their racist content with coded messages.

He cited a recent video showing men in white masks carrying flaming torches through the deserted streets of a town at night, which he said was a warning of a purported "death of the German people" due to immigration.

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the main domestic intelligence service, said in a report this month that the number of right-wing extremists in Germany had fallen by 1 600 last year to some 25 000 nationwide.

But those judged potentially violent rose by 600 to 5 600.

Comments
  • Win14 - 2011-07-22 00:04

    Extremists are always a worrying bunch for all us of the bourgeoisie. We all want to go through life half-asleep and enjoy sunsets with a drink in the left hand whilst the right one is fondling something and that's it. Admit it, what could be better. And suddenly there comes the big disturbance factor, whatever it may be. Of course it's always some "extremists". Because WE are not. We just want to be happy, forever. So: what's wrong with those people?? Why can't they just relax and settle into the status quo? What?? No!! You can't be serious! They actually think that only strife and turmoil and revolution brings happiness. Okay, that's also fine, we understand. As long as it is in Cuba, Venezuela or some other unpronounceable come-uppance nation 10.000km away from here. Just leave ME out of it. Been there done that. Now I just want to relax and eat oysters and lobsters. But for them I am the great enemy, simply because I enjoy myself. How wrong can I be. But just give me a chance of seducing them too .. and bingo, you'll see: NO MORE EXTREMISTS.

  • James - 2011-07-22 07:39

    In South Africa racial hatred can be propagated openly by the communist ANC!

      daaivark - 2011-07-22 11:55

      Really. Can you read? Don't you look at comments on this site?

  • Malleus - 2011-07-22 08:34

    Nazi - nationalist, Socialist German Workers Party. It says it all in its name. Others say it all in their agenda: a tripartite alliance that is both nationalist, socialist and claims to represent the working class (used interchangeably with 'poor'). Problem is that none of the buggers actually work at anything more than policking and intimidation, so then we are left with nationalist, socialist south african sluggards who incite people to march openly in the streets to kill, steal and destroy the blessings of 50 years of white rule while perpetuating its curses. Sorry for the Germans though, they used unpaid slave labour to build their economy. Weused low skilled cheap labour and called it slavery when it is more akin to self-imposed indenturement or what we may describe as market economics. Working for a living is a bitch - if only chickens flew around ready roasted and fine sorghum beer sprang from endless artesian wells and women did not put up a fight when putting out... O life was some idyll at some stage.

  • daaivark - 2011-07-22 11:55

    Our social networks are becoming not much better. The racial hatred in here increases in virulence daily.

  • Adolf - 2011-07-22 14:08

    Online social sites are a reflection of society. To suppress any social group online would be the same as suppressing them offline, online they can be monitored and avoided if you do not share their views.

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