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Canadians among most active in online right-wing extremism: report

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No surprise Meghan Markle needed out of Canada.

According to a report launched Friday, Canadians are among the “most active” in the world in relation to right-wing extremism online.

The report, titled “An Online Environmental Scan of Right-wing Extremism in Canada”, was revealed by the UK-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) think-tank, and “found more than 6,600 online channels pages, accounts and groups — where Canadians were involved in spreading white supremacist, misogynistic or other radical views” according to the CBC.

Shockingly, Canadians have been discovered to be “highly active,” on offensive boards like 4Chan, much more than Americans or the British.

The report reveals how extremism is shifting towards “less regulated” platforms, consultants instructed the CBC.

“For us to be up there with the heavy hitters … it’s a wake-up call,” mentioned Barbara Perry, director of Ontario Tech University’s Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism.

“Globally, in recent years, we have seen a surge in activity by right-wing extremists, in terms of violent mobilization, protests, but also the use of disinformation and co-ordinated hate online,” Jacob Davey, ISD senior analysis supervisor and a research co-author instructed the CBC. “Unfortunately, Canada hasn’t escaped that trend.”

The researchers describe right-wing extremism as being “characterized by a racially, ethnically and sexually defined nationalism … often framed in terms of white power.”

Extremists have been tied to the 2017 Quebec City mosque capturing and a 2018 assault in Toronto.

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