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CSUSB professor referenced in article about far-right platforms that amplify disinformation


Dec. 17, 2020

Brian Levin, criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was referenced in an article about UK-based far-right Telegram channels that amplify disinformation targeting U.S. election integrity.

While the popularity of Telegram in the U.S. is nowhere near as high as apps such as Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp, it has attracted increasing numbers of users from the far right. As VICE News reported in October 2019, more than two-thirds of publicly accessible far-right Telegram channels were created that year alone. VICE also cited the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s Brian Levin, who said, “For the most hardened rank and file extremists, there is a definitive shift toward encrypted or smaller platforms where the messaging is both more vile and violent.”

Read the whole article at “UK-based far-right Telegram channels amplify disinfo targeting U.S. election integrity.”

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