Researchers see one bright spot as far-right extremists turn to private and encrypted online platforms: Friction.
Between the lines: For fringe organizers, those platforms may provide more security than open social networks, but they make it harder to recruit new members.
Catch up quick: The online far right is moving away from mainstream social networks and onto both right-wing-welcoming networks like Gab and privacy-friendly platforms like Telegram and Signal, due largely to the collision of three events:
- Public social media activity left a trail that's been exposing the identities of a growing list of Capitol rioters.
- The far right is exiting large social networks, either as a political statement or under force of a ban, as tech platforms crack down on extremists.