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The effects of local socio-political events on group cohesion in online far-right communities

Bliuc, Ana-Maria, Betts, John M., Faulkner, Nicholas, Vergani, Matteo, Chow, Rui Jie, Iqbal, Muhammad Iqbal and Best, David 2020, The effects of local socio-political events on group cohesion in online far-right communities, PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230302.

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Title The effects of local socio-political events on group cohesion in online far-right communities
Author(s) Bliuc, Ana-Maria
Betts, John M.
Faulkner, Nicholas
Vergani, MatteoORCID iD for Vergani, Matteo orcid.org/0000-0003-0546-4771
Chow, Rui Jie
Iqbal, Muhammad Iqbal
Best, David
Journal name PLoS ONE
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2020-03
ISSN 1932-6203
Summary In recent years, the reach and influence of far-right ideologies have been extended through online communities with devastating effects in the real world. In this research, we examine how far-right online communities can be empowered by socio-political events that are significant to them. Using over 14 years of data extracted from an Australian national sub-forum of a global online white supremacist community, we investigate whether the group cohesion of the community is affected by local race riots. Our analysis shows that the online community, not only became more cohesive after the riots, but was also reinvigorated by highly active new members who joined during the week of the riots or soon after. These changes were maintained over the longer-term, highlighting pervasive ramifications of the local socio-political context for this white supremacist community. Pre-registered analyses of data extracted from other white supremacist online communities (in South Africa and the United Kingdom) show similar effects on some of the indicators of group cohesion, but of reduced magnitude, and not as enduring as the effects found in the context of the Australian far-right online community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0230302
Indigenous content off
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30135914

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