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The New York Times | 11.04.18

Far-Right Internet Groups Listen for Trump’s Approval, and Often Hear It

Joan Donovan

Data & Society Media Manipulation Research Lead Joan Donovan elaborates on the connections between radical, fringe ideas and mainstream discourse.

“Joan Donovan, a researcher at the think tank Data & Society who studies right-wing extremism online, said the far right corners of the internet often serve as an ad hoc testing ground for political messages that move fringe ideas into the mainstream.

‘They incubate online, in YouTube videos, articles, through influencers, and they slowly become divorced from their politicized roots,’ Ms. Donovan said.”

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