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White nationalists eclipsing ISIS on Twitter

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>> Islamic State is known for enticing recruits on social media. But a new study obtained by Reuters shows white nationalists doing ISIS one better. A sampling of 18 white nationalist Twitter accounts were viewed by George Washington University, including the American Nazi Party, showing a surge in followers from 3,500 in 2012 to 25,000 now.
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Islamic State sites drawing just a fraction of that support. Cyber security reporter, Dustin Volz, has the exclusive.>> This is interesting given Twitter's recent efforts to clamp down on Islamic extremism, most particularly against the Islamic state. And the Islamic state is seen as a threat online by different counter-extremism groups.
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White nationalism groups have not in any way gotten that same level of attention. They're not seen as a violent militant force that's actively trying to attack the West the way that the Islamic State is. So there are a lot of different factors at play here.>> One unifying theme among the white power sites, support for Donald Trump.
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>> Of the top ten hashtags used by these white nationalist accounts, three of them actually are associated with Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump. In fact, the Trump hashtags were second only to the hashtag, whitegenocide. This evidence seems to suggest that the white nationalists on Twitter are excited by Trump's candidacy, are drawn to it, and may in fact be even more emboldened to speak out more forcefully and more actively on social media given Trump's rise.
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>> The study said the White Nationalist accounts analyzed represent just a tiny part of their presence on Twitter.