Following the Whack-a-Mole: Britain First's Visual Strategy from Facebook to Gab

Lella Nouri*, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, Amy-Louise Watkin

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

The focus of this paper is on the extremist group Britain First. As such, it
does not explore online terrorist activity but rather examines how a group
regarded as extremist is subject to online sanctions.

The removal of the extremist group Britain First from Facebook in March
2018 successfully disrupted the group’s online activity, leading them to have
to start anew on Gab, a different and considerably smaller social media
platform. The removal also resulted in the group having to seek new online
followers from a much smaller, less diverse recruitment pool. This paper
demonstrates the further impact of the group’s platform migration on their
online strategy – particularly on their choice of images and the engagement
levels generated through them. The paper puts forward a number of key
recommendations, most importantly that social-media companies should
continue to censor and remove hateful content.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGlobal Research Network on Terrorism and Technology
PublisherRoyal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
No.4

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