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Teaching Tolerance | 08.17.14

What is the Alt-Right?

Becca Lewis

D&S Researcher Becca Lewis discusses the recruiting methodologies of the Alt-Right in Teaching Tolerance

‘Social media can be very powerful in shaping outlooks, but it doesn’t operate in a vacuum,’ explains Data & Society researcher Becca Lewis. ‘The shaping is coming from the other people using the platforms.’

The alt-right has a massive presence on social media and other channels where young people congregate. A Washington Post analysis identified 27,000 influential Twitter accounts associated with the alt-right, 13 percent of which are considered radical. Later, a George Washington University study found that white nationalist accounts in the United States have seen their follower counts grow by 600 percent since 2012.

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