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Antifa – Battling the neo-Nazi and alt-right Trolls one Dox at a Time

The Internet war against the Chumph racist trolls is heating up. Antifa, the name Anti-Fascists on the Internet have chosen, are attacking and taking down neo-Nazis where they live.

The article describes these heroes as “far-left”. I am not terribly sure that is an accurate description. You don’t have to be “far-left” to hate neo-Nazis and white supremacists. I suspect the movement is a lot deeper than the authors suspect – and it is just getting started.

There are a lot of ways to take down alt-right trolls which don’t involve any computer hacking skills. Making your voice known and going after the enablers of these scum requires nothing more than complaints to Reddit, Facebook, or Twitter. Boycotting the advertisers of Brietbart has been effective.  Black Folks should be boycotting the conservative site Townhall for it’s promotion of Lawn Jockeys like Uncle Tommy Sewage. Recent ads included Amazon, Sprint, and Medix Select. email, send a snailmail, or call and tell them you find the content offensive and won’t be buying their products. Go after these clown means of making money, and they will go away.

Neo-Nazis Face a New Foe Online and IRL: the Far-Left Antifa

FOR EVERY NEO-NAZI meme, there is an equal but opposite Nazi punch. Think of it as the Third Law of the internet, if Newton was a subreddit.

OK, that’s a little absurdist, but increasingly, it does seem like every upwelling of far-right agitation—in real life or online—gets met with a reciprocal surge from an equally extreme niche on the far left. Somebody punches the white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face in a video that goes viral. Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos tries to give a talk at UC Berkeley. Over 150 protestors break windows and throw fireworks at the police until administrators call off the event. And President Trump tweets about it.

The progression isn’t strict call-and-response, to be sure. But it does show that the white nationalist internet has a kind of counterpart. Some of these far-left activists are militant antifascists—“antifa” for short. And not to get all falsely equivalent on you, but many are young, angry, and know their way around a meme.

They may well indeed express more egalitarian ideals than neo-Nazis (who doesn’t, really?), but they’re also anarchists prone to property destruction and online abuse. Worse, by giving as good as they get, they double down on political polarization, driving the national narrative even further from center.

The traditional antifascist playbook pre-dates World War II. Most famously, they employ so-called black bloc tactics, dressing in head-to-toe black and causing chaos. (The antifacist who punched Richard Spencer was a black bloc participant.)

But it’s not all yelling “anarchy” and lighting stuff on fire. They’re also tech savvy. “Since the first white supremacist sites went online, people have been trying to take them down, figure out people’s passwords, and dox them,” says Stanislav Vysotsky, a sociologist and criminologist at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “Later on, it became DDos attacks.” Anonymous and spinoff groups like LulzFinancial certainly seem to be on Team Antifa, doxxing scores of far-right agitators.

But President Trump’s election has rejiggered the antifa-versus-white-supremacist struggle. “Most of the trolling had been coming from the right,” says Phyllis Gerstenfeld, a criminal justice professor at CSU Stanislaus who has studied extremist groups on the internet. “Suddenly, we see a lot more nasty trolling coming from the left. It’s a reaction to power shifts.” With the right in power, the left is alienated and ready to raise hell.

“Bash the Fash”

And that makes for a huge influx of social media-focused, younger antifascists—a mirror universe of the self-described alt-righters you’d see on Gab. “People see the iconography on social media, download a flier and just call themselves an antifascist,” says Vysotsky. “The internet makes it all very accessible.”

This new guard—taking up the internet-y rallying cry “bash the fash”— are responsible for things like the popular Nazi punching memes that followed the attack on Spencer. They’ve spread beyond antifascist subreddits to the general public.

While it’s easy to see why non-Nazis might find that satisfying—we’ve spoken to Richard Spencer at length—having a laugh at violence is hardly a feel-good moment. “I don’t know that I want punching anyone to be the model of what political action looks like,” says a longtime antifascist activist and participant in the CrimethInc anarchist network who goes by the nickname “A.”

SK—a “university age” antifascist and moderator of the /r/militant subreddit—feels differently. “We just fight fire with fire,” he says. “If they send us Pepes with swastikas, we’ll send them some weird shitty photoshop. The alt-right likes to call it The Meme War.”

That sounds relatively harmless, but the memes on both sides tend toward threats of violence.

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And it doesn’t end with memes. “Members of Neo-Nazi groups occasionally pose as reporters to get information on antifascists so they can target them later,” says another /r/militant mod, whose username is IamSeth (and who required mulitiple encrypted chat apps to be convinced I wasn’t a white supremacist in disguise).

Meanwhile, the Meme War has metastasized to Reddit at large: “/r/antifa was never an antifascist subreddit,” IamSeth says. “It is a honeypot run by members of the Ku Klux Klan.” (I wasn’t able to confirm the Klan connection, but when I reached out to the /r/antifa mods, an individual who goes by diversity_is_racism denied the honeypot claim, but said he or she thinks Richard Spencer is “a good guy.”)

That’s the cost of anonymity—on a subreddit, nobody really knows if you’re antifa or antiantifa. The only way to get an existing subreddit taken down is to show it has become a platform for doxxing—which is allegedly what happened on the /r/altright and /r/alternativeright subreddits earlier this week when they posted links to WeSearchr, for a crowdfunded bounty calling for the doxxing of the antifa activist who punched Spencer. Here’s a screenshot from Gab:

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“I’ve seen antifascists doxxing, but I’ve never participated,” says SK. To antifa activists though, doxxing is justified by their opponent’s behavior, which in their view, is worse. “The alt-right is just online making death treats to people,” SK says. “It does disturb your peace of mind, but I think death threats are kind of gross.”

So the Meme War rolls ever on. According to Vysotsky, it’s already happening: “In Wisconsin, a person put up a Nazi flag, and an antifascist published an address online. But because it was a duplex, the address was incorrect,” he says. “The Latino family living there started receiving threats.”

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Some antifascists aren’t bothered by this kind of collateral damage. “People are going to do stupid shit and make the movement look bad,” SK says. “But if you’re fighting against oppression, even if you don’t recognize yourself as antifascist, you’re still a comrade of mine.”

The risk, as always, is escalation. “The equivalent of black bloc street battles will happen online,” say Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. “Both sides will use every tool at their disposal to go after the other. Lord knows what they could pull off.” Online, actions earn not equal and opposite reactions but stronger ones— and the dial seems only to turn one way.

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Socialization of Hate – How Social Media Enables the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and neo-nazis

Some Social Media carries a large portion of the blame with proliferating racist, alt-right, and neo-nazi  messages. By the late 90’s white supremacist groups recognized the value of passing their racist screeds online, based on the success of Republicans in the early days of AOL and various predecessors to the Internet. Instead of hiring paid posters like the Republicans, the racist hate groups already had a small army of haters to spread their messages. Largely unemployed, dissociated, and on Welfare – their members could sit at home and accomplish the same thing the Republicans had spent millions on -spread their message.

For some reason – neither Democrats or Progressives have ever mounted serious opposition in terms of targeting media or social networking platforms – as the Millennial Generation’s platforms turned a blind eye to the abuses. That blind eye allowed the alt-right to co-opt moderators, who would reject Progressive messages and groups like Black Lives Matter for diaphanous justifications.

It is still certainly possible to take social media back – but it will take a planned concerted effort, coordinated attacks, and sticking to objectives…

Not sure why these “concerned groups” haven’t set up boiler room efforts to date. Nobody gives you freedom…You don’t take.

Quit whimpering. Line up a group of 40-100 volunteers, with 5,000 screen names…And counter attack.  Pick a subject. Tell everyone you know and suggest themes. Ask them to post 5 comments on Facebook, Reddit, or whatever – and ask their friends to do the same. Set up an “Auto-Troll” – send the same message to 50 platforms and comment sections. 5 -10-50 times a day.

Like any revolution, you have to break it so fucking bad – the owners are willing to fix it.

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A coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment

Facebook allows white supremacists to spread violent threats while censoring Black Lives Matter posts and activists of color, according to civil rights groups that called on the technology company to fix its “racially biased” moderation system.

“Activists in the Movement for Black Lives have routinely reported the takedown of images discussing racism and during protests, with the justification that it violates Facebook’s Community Standards,” the groups wrote in a letter on Wednesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and director of global policy Joel Kaplan. “At the same time, harassment and threats directed at activists based on their race, religion and sexual orientation is thriving on Facebook.”

Co-signed by a coalition of more than 70 social and racial justice organizations, the letter urged Facebook to adopt reforms that would better target abusive content and harassment but also stop censoring political speech.

The campaign, led by Color of Change, Center for Media Justice, SumOfUs.org and Daily Kos, comes at a time when Facebook is under intense scrutiny over the way its algorithms and moderators choose to permit and remove content.

The corporation has repeatedly been accused of censorship in recent months, including of users critical of Donald Trump, of historic war photos, of citizens live-streaming encounters with police, of journalists who expose racism and of famous artwork with nudity.

But users who report violent and racist language and overt threats often have a hard time getting Facebook to respond. Critics argue that with both censorship and harassment, Facebook only corrects errors in high-profile cases covered by the media, making use of the platform a daily nightmare for many regular users, especially people of color targeted by trolls.

“These posts are threatening our lives,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, who monitors threats posted on Black Lives Matter Facebook pages. “To be bombarded by this hateful violent rhetoric day in and day out … the photos of lynchings, photos of dead black people at the hands of white Ku Klux Klan members … it’s vicious. It’s scary.”

The coalition, which includes the ACLU, sent an earlier letter in October, suggesting that Facebook establish a “streamlined widely publicized appeals process” for censorship cases; increase transparency about its policies and provide data on how it removes content; and allow for an “external audit”.

In December, Facebook released a statement in response, which activists said did not address civil rights campaigners’ concerns.

The company’s lengthy reply, authored by Kaplan, outlined its existing policies in detail and largely failed to commit to act on the recommendations.

“Their response has been woefully inadequate,” Cyril said. “What you’re doing is not working. It’s tantamount to neglect and racism itself.”

On Wednesday, Cyril provided the Guardian with links to four Facebook groups promoting white supremacy along with screenshots of seven individual posts with blatantly racist messages, including one that said “WHAT’S HANGIN’ NIGGA” with a lynching photo; an image of a slave auction with the caption “The First Black Friday Sale”; and a photo of a skeleton captioned “Ever since Trayvon became white he’s been a good boy” (referencing the unarmed black teenagerkilled by a neighborhood watch volunteer).

Cyril said she reported all the photos and pages to Facebook, which determined that they complied with the company’s standards.

Facebook did, however, remove a post from a black woman that said: “white folks when racism happens in public YOUR SILENCE IS VIOLENCE”, according to a screenshot from Cyril.

Facebook did not respond to a request for comment about the specific examples, but a spokesperson said in an email: “We value input from our community. We have received the letter and are reviewing it.”

Facebook’s content moderation challenges also extend to its role in spreading fake news and its difficulties regulating live videos that feature violence.

“Some of this is life or death,” said Reem Suleiman, SumOfUs.org campaigner, referencing the case of Korryn Gaines, a Baltimore woman who live-streamed her standoff with police last year. At the request of law enforcement, Facebook shut down the video and officers eventually killed her.

“People turn to Facebook to document human rights abuses and police brutality,” Suleiman added.

Sihame Assbague, a journalist and activist in France, said users speaking out against racism regularly have their Facebook accounts censored and that her page has been taken down on numerous occasions.

“It’s very strange. Things that are racist do not get suspended,” she said, noting one user was censored for anti-semitism after writing a post against anti-semitism.

Activists have argued that Facebook, one of the most valuable companies in the world, has the resources to address these deep flaws, but has failed to make the issue a priority.

Cyril said the lack of diversity within the corporation was partly to blame. Black employees accounted for just 3% of senior US leadership, according to 2016 figures.

“When you already have a company that woefully underrepresents black people and communities of color in general on their staff, you are challenged to respond to concerns of racism.”

 

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Anonymous Threatens the Chumph…But Will They Deliver?

I have said all along that the Chumph’s background is rife with evidence of fraud, bribery, and other misdeeds.They are not that hard to dig out. Anonymous makes a lot of noise, but unfortunately the last few go-rounds haven’t really produced much of significant substance. So…For what it is worth.

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Anonymous – A Paper Tiger?

Anonymous warns Trump: ‘You are going to regret the next 4 years’

The hacker collective Anonymous has a reputation for delivering ominous messages, and in recent days, the group has begun targeting President-elect Donald Trump in a serious way

A series of messages posted on Twitter and include allegations that the group plans to reveal sordid information about Trump.

“This isn’t the 80’s any longer, information doesn’t vanish, it is all out there. You are going to regret the next 4 years,” one message read.

In another, the group alleges Trump has “financial and personal ties with Russian mobsters, child traffickers, and money launderers.”

So far the hacking group has provided no concrete evidence to back up those claims.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Second American Revolution

 

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Hate Groups Copy ISIS Radicalization Method to Produce Racist/Misogynist White Male Predators

The Chumph’s racist support groups have stolen a page from ISIS to produce white supremacist terrorists and hate criminals. The massive spike in hate crimes since the Chumph’s “election” have in surprising number been committed by children and teens who are just acting out on the hate they hear at home.The Chumph’s Storm Troopers are in place…

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Celtic Cross Appropriated By White Supremacists

How ‘men’s rights’ activist websites have become recruiting hubs for white nationalism

The election of Donald Trump was driven in part by the emergence of a white nationalist movement in the United States that has taken to calling itself the “alt-right.”

But how did we get here? The Guardian has published a disturbing report showing how young white men are gradually being radicalized against feminists and minorities through so-called “pick-up artist” websites that are there to ostensibly offer them tips for succeeding in sexual conquests.

As writer Abi Wilkinson explains, these websites give many men an outlet to vent misogyny against women who have rejected them, all while railing against feminists for purportedly denying them their rightful places atop society.

“On their forums I’ve read long, furious manifestos claiming that women are all sluts who ‘ride the cock carousel’ and sleep with a series of ‘alpha males’ until they reach the end of their sexual prime, at which point they seek out a ‘beta cuck’ to settle down with for financial security,” she writes. “I’ve lurked silently on blogs dedicated to ‘pick-up artistry’ as men argue that uppity, opinionated, feminist women – women like myself – need to be put in their place through ‘corrective rape.’”

While this sounds disturbing enough in and of itself, Wilkinson says that these forums do not simply limit themselves to hostility toward women, but toward people of other races and ethnicities as well. In particular, she notes that the sites often traffic in white men’s sexual anxiety about dark-skinned men stealing away white women whom should be “theirs” by right.

“Reading through the posting history of individual aliases, it’s possible to chart their progress from vague dissatisfaction, and desire for social status and sexual success, to full-blown adherence to a cohesive ideology of white supremacy and misogyny,” she writes. “Neofascists treat these websites as recruitment grounds. They find angry, frustrated young men and groom them in their own image.”

 
 

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Brietbart Troll Who Lead Racist Attack on Leslie Jones Busted

Seems the “alt Right” has had a lot of things to say about comedian Leslie Jones – most of it racist. It irritates the white, juvenile, internet troll squad that a black woman can achieve success. A lot of that racist flack is being stirred up and directed by Brietbart, which is a “media” entity which has had a lot of problems with both the truth, and racism.

 

ABC reporter shreds Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘You’re an idiot … What grade are you in?’

ABC News reporter Terry Moran did not buy into Milo Yiannopoulos’ self-portrayal as a “virtuous troll” in an interview slated to be aired Friday on Nightline,Queerty reported.

“If Leslie Jones were right here, would you say, ‘You look like a dude’?” Moran asked.

“Yeah, probably,” said Breitbart.com’s tech editor, who was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against the comedian.

“You would say that to her,” Moran said.

“I probably would,” Yiannopoulos insisted.

“Then you’re an idiot,” Moran replied.

Yiannopoulos argued to Moran that he found the wave of racist and misogynist abusehurled at Jones in support of him “disgusting,” but rejected the idea of telling his thousands of Twitter followers at the time to back off.

“Does Justin Bieber have an obligation to his fans?” he asked Moran. “I’m sorry for being popular. But I am not responsible for what 350,000 people on the Internet say. I’m responsible for what I say.”

Later in the interview, Moran berates Yiannopoulos for his sexist stances.

“You’re going to go after somebody’s body to denigrate their ideas? What grade are you in?” he asked. “Are you a 13-year-old boy? Because somebody doesn’t have a weight that you think is proper? That’s revolting.”

“I’ll tell you what’s revolting,” Yiannopoulos responded. “What’s revolting is the body positivity movement. What’s revolting is this idea now that you can tell women that they’ll be healthy at any size.”

English BLM women…Its time for you to do the world a favor and take this POS out behind the proverbial woodshed.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2016 in The Definition of Racism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Hello Bigot Exposes Anonymous Racist Trolls

On the Internet there are a number of racist trolls. Some are part of a white supremacist group which can usually spotted because they post the “company line”. Trolls most precious weapon is the anonymity. You take that away and they dry up like the weeds they are.

Taking the war to the Trolls

Online bigots beware: ‘Hello Racist’ is going to expose you on the Internet

While social media can be an absolute cesspool — seemingly overpopulated by anonymous trolls spewing their special brand of hatred against anyone who is not like them — there are also those who have no qualms about making bigoted comments under their own names on Twitter or Facebook.

That is where the “Hello Bigot” website comes in, reports the Huffington Post.

With an assist from members of the Hello Racist Facebook community, Hello Bigot shines a light on the racists among us — allowing followers to spread the word via social media of the not-so-secret lives of folks who can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to posting hateful memes and horrific comments.

With a helpful submission button, Hello Bigot followers must provide their own names and other personal information, along with a link to the offending post and screenshots.

Case in point: Danny Clayton of Texas who posted an old black and white photo of “Legal Italian immigrant” children holding American flags, with the comment: “That’s because they are white and have common sense and loved being American citizens not like the n****rs, sandn****rs or wetbacks we have in this country now.”

In an interview with Nancy Laws of HuffPo, the founder of Hello Bigot  — who wishes to remain anonymous — explains why they feel the need to, as they call it: “Expose a racist.”

“There are still so many people and segments of society who are still stuck in a place where, for whatever reason, be it hate, ignorance, how they were raised, where they live, etc., racism is still acceptable behavior. It’s still systematically a part of some people’s cultures, lives, and mindset,” they explained, before adding that those people need to be “confronted with their actions.”

“There are still a surprising number of people who are racist who really shouldn’t be because of who they are and what they do professionally. Who, if they are racist, they have the potential to ruin people’s lives when they let their racial biases and prejudices creep in and affect their professional decisions and judgments in ways that are completely incomprehensible and illegal. And that really shouldn’t happen in today’s society,” the site founder continued. “I’m speaking about people who serve society in roles as police officers, teachers, public officials, doctors, bankers, realtors, judges, CEO’s, and others. It’s very critical information to understand if people filling important roles in society are racist and are making decisions and judgments that affect people of all races.”

Asked how the site can make a difference by “outing” bigoted or racist commentary, the answer was fairly simple.

“I think when some people are confronted and called out about their racism, it actually does change them. They become ashamed and embarrassed. But they learn not to do it again. People learn to be racist. And I like to believe that most people at heart don’t really believe in racism or subscribe to it. They just are because that’s what they learned to do and were never told not to or confronted by anyone to tell them that it’s wrong”

Pressed about their own anonymity, threats and lawsuits came to mind, they explained to Laws.

“Legal threats. Threats of violence. Some are laughable. Some are very real and concerning. To the extent possible, I’d like to keep these threats out of other aspects of my life. Being anonymous allows me do that.”

 
 

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Airbnb’s Problem With Racist Hosts

This one has been getting a lot of air lately, as there has become increasing awareness of some racist Airbnb Hosts rejecting minority tenants based on their race/ethnicity.

While it is legal for the owner of a private residence to reject rental of their residence to whomever the choose, what is happening through Airbnb, may have different legal implications, in that the transaction crosses state lines, and as such may be subject to Federal Law, The following case might be a banner case with which to test the legal limits of the law relative to discrimination.

‘I hate n*ggers so I’m going to cancel’: NC Airbnb host rejects and harasses black businesswoman

Airbnb host in North Carolina reportedly canceled on an investment banker after learning she was black and then attacked her with racial and sexist slurs.

In screen shots of a heated conversation sent to Bossip, Airbnb host Todd Warner accepts the reservation of an investment banker that needed temporary housing in Charlotte, and then hours later cited her race as the reason for canceling.

Shani C. Taylor, who identified herself as a friend of the woman, posted some of the conversation on Twitter.

My friend and classmate here at Kellogg had a hateful and racist encounter with an @Airbnb host.

“I hate n*ggers so I’m going to cancel you,” Warner wrote. “This is the south darline. Find another place to rest your n*gger head.”

He added that he “wanted to f*ck” the woman’s “white friend.”

After threatening to report Warner to Airbnb, the woman explained that she was an investment banker with an MBA.

“So watch out,” she warned. “I might just buy the apartment/house next to you, and watch you squirm, you piece of shit.”

Warner fired back that he had retired with $22 million at the age of 44 because he was “not N*GGER like with my spending.”

“Have 80 babies that you can’t afford,” he wrote.

Airbnb responded on Tuesday, saying that the company had contacted the host.

In recent months, Airbnb has come under fire for not screening out racists hosts.

Last year, the company defended itself after a Harvard study found that renters whose names sounded African-American were more likely to be rejected by Airbnb hosts.

“Airbnb is one of the most open, trusted, diverse, transparent communities in the world,” a spokesperson insisted to Bloomberg at the time. “We respond quickly to any concerns raised by hosts or guests, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination on our platform.”

 

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