A mother expressed her concern about extremist content poisoning the minds of boys as they use the internet, in a post that went viral. She thinks there are warning signs parents should heed.
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Since joining The Daily Express 18 months ago as editor, Gary Jones has sought to put an end to its "Islamophobic sentiment” and anti-immigration rhetoric, efforts he hopes are being noticed by wary advertisers.
Under his steerage Jones proudly says it's not longer petitioning to ‘stop the flood’ of migrants. Instead, he lays claim to campaigns such as getting over 75s a free TV licence again (60,000 readers signed letters of support) and pushing to get the NHS to stock Cystic Fibrosis drug Vertex, which it says could help extend the lives of some 10,000 UK people with the illness. But has it really made the u-turn across all aspects of its editorial?
Ever since the Christchurch shooting spree, 8chan users have commented regularly on Brenton Tarrant’s high bodycount, and made references to their desire to “beat his high score”.
Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, are very young. These accounts intersperse TikTok videos and nostalgia memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric, conspiracy theories about George Soros and the Clinton family, and jokes about killing women, Jews, Muslims, and liberals.
A leading adoption charity is urging the government to train foster carers to spot the signs of radicalisation among young asylum seekers from countries like Syria and Iraq who are living in their homes.
One in three internet users between the ages of 12 and 15 say they saw "hate speech" online in the past year, according to Ofcom's latest survey of children's media habits.
It is the first time the UK regulator has posed a question about the topic in its annual study.
The NSPCC charity said the finding was "very worrying", adding such posts should not be tolerated.