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Who is Jack Buckby, what is the alt-right and what did the former BNP member say to Barbara Ntumy during the … – The Sun

The controversial character who attacks multiculturalism came under fire on Channel 4 news

RIGHT-winger Jack Buckby caused controversy when he told a student campaigner I hope you dont get raped during a live TV debate about Syrian refugees.

The 24-year-old alt-right activist has often hit the headlines during his short career in politics but who is he?

Jack Buckby studied politics before being kicked out of university after protesting againt a Muslim speaker.

He claimed they were going to justify the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby who was killed by two men who converted to Islam.

After going the BNP he was tipped to become a future leading figure within the party during his stint as a member of its youth wing the BNP Crusaders.

But it didn’t last long, as the youngster later quit the party over concerns its views had become “racist.”

He is now working as a press officer for Liberty GB and stood for election in the European Elections in 2014.

Heinfamously contested the Batley and Spen by-election seat after Jo Cox MP’s tragic murder – despiteall major political parties saying they would abstain out of respect.

The activistconsiders himself to be a “paleoconservative and a culturist” who doesn’t believe multiculturalism works.

His party Liberty GB wants to ban all immigration to Britain for five years.

Nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term alt-right in 2010.

It stands for people with far-right ideologies whooftenbecome notorious for their views on race, religion and gender.

Alt-right, short for alterntive right, has become a buzz word in mainstream media.

It is a broad, outspoken movementthat attacks multiculturalism, globalisation and immigration.

The Anti-Defamation League defines it as a vague termabout extremists “who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of forms of conservatism that embrace implicit or explicit racism or white supremacy”.

Those writing under the umbrella termdiffer on many points but common targets include the establishment, feminism and political correctness.

The group supported President-elect Donald Trump in the US presidential race.

Those associated with the group which has no clear ideology or membership operate mostly through social media.

Buckby appeared on Channel 4 News to debate the alt-right movement with a political activist from the National Union of Students black students’ campaign.

Right-wing activist Jack Buckby handeda refugee application form toBarbara Ntumy during a live discussion on Channel 4 News.

He told her to “put her money where her mouth is”, adding: “Take one home, take in a Syrian refugee. I hope you dont get raped.

His remark left Ntumy lost for words before she admitted not havingthe “financial means” to invite a refugee into her home.

The news debate, which has now been removed from Channel 4’s website, caused an astonished man behind the camera to say on my god during the live broadcast.

Buckbymade the comments after saying that he wanted to deport people who are drain on society.

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Is There Such A Thing As An Alt-Left? – Forbes


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The next Celebrity Big Brother? It’ll be alt-right on the night – The Guardian

Katie Hopkins entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2015. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Barely four minutes after the conclusion of the most recent Celebrity Big Brother, I am intrigued to see a rash of headlines speculating as to who will be in the summer line-up. Previously a once-a-year-event, Celebrity Big Brother now appears to be a rolling facility a sort of career spa to which celebrities can repair to take the waters when recovering from the other formats. Just as the jet set use the seasons as a verb to describe the migration from Gstaad to the Amalfi coast, there are now people who winter in the jungle and summer in Elstree.

And yet, is it not time to give these shows a thermonuclear modern boost? In short: when is reality television going to accept its new repertory company, and formally embrace the alt-right? Admittedly it has dipped in the toe of its hazmat suit Katie Hopkins has done a grand tour of the formats. But in an age where the most prominent political satire on TV is a panel show onits 52nd series, I should like to see a dedicated far-right edition of Celebrity Big Brother. Or Im a Celebrity. Or Celebrity Survivor. Or any of them, really, except Love Island.

There are easily enough characters available now, and Im sure the last thing they would be is too chicken to bring their ideas to an even wider audience. Hopkins could be persuaded back, obviously. Then theres Milo Yiannopoulos, and that Paul Joseph Watson who broadcasts to Infowars from Battersea, of all hilarious locations. Another tweedily bespectacled one popped up on Channel 4 news this week with comments so silly that I yearned to see him forced to repeat them at Tribal Council and not get picked off. And Im sure you could get a couple of the American ones over.

When a reality star was elected US president, there was a sense that the genre had no mountains left to climb. Yet given how well suited the relentless attention-seeking of the far right is to reality TV, perhaps that is not the case. People say that sunlight is the best disinfectant, but the actual best disinfectant is being cloistered in a McMansion or on an island, and forced to fight and scheme your way to dominance while everyone at home shrieks at how unbelievably ghastly you are. Please just picture Milo having to cooperate with Katie in a raft-building challenge, and tell me there wouldnt be tears before bedtime. And tears of laughter for us, of course. If only British TV commissioning editors werent so serially frightened. At some point they should at least consider confronting the age, before aneven worse one comes along.

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Alt-Right trolls boycott Netflix because they’re scared of Dear White People – A.V. Club

Yesterday, Netflix premiered the trailer for Dear White People, a series based on a film that was released in 2014 and doesnt seem to have made much of an impact on the worlds supply of white people. But since the online communities who like to call people sensitive snowflakes are also big into projection, trollish alt-right types who frequent 4chans /pol/ board and Reddits r/the_donald (where else?) are freaking the fuck out about the trailer, calling for white people to #BoycottNetflix over the companys brazen act of anti-white discrimination and white genocide, i.e., acknowledging the existence of people of color in its customer base.

Like most right-wing boycotts, the only ones who are being punished here are the boycotters themselves, who now will never know how The Santa Clarita Diet ends. And Netflix makes a point of not releasing ratings for its shows, so even if the boycott does make an impact (it wontthe company added 1.45 million subscribers in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2016, and has more than 93 million subscribers worldwide, so it couldnt give less of a fuck about a handful of easily offended white people), Netflixs stock wouldnt be affected either way.

If youve been keeping track, this now means that white supremacists can no longer drink Coke, Pepsi, or Budweiser (or Budwiser, as they spell it), eat Oreos, go to Starbucks, watch Star Wars movies, or binge on Netflix. Oh well, more bandwidth and corn syrup for the rest of us.

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Charles Frisk: Alt-right is not all right – Madison.com

Dear Editor: It is difficult to read a newspaper today without seeing a reference to the alt-right an expression most of us had never heard a year ago. New words are developed all the time; helicopter parent and frenemy are prime examples. Most new words simply make it easier to express ourselves, but there is something much more sinister about the usage of alt-right.

White nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term alt-right in 2010, but it first came into common usage through its use by former Breitbart News chair, Steve Bannon, now White House chief strategist for Donald Trump.

The term alt-right is used to refer to groups that formerly were called white supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK, or racists. On the evening news we see rallies with people giving the Nazi salute, chanting Sieg Heil and “Hail Trump,” and they are referred to as alt-right rather than neo-Nazis.

In some cases the press intentionally uses the expression to sanitize racist behavior, but many times I think the expression is used because it is just too horrifying to fathom that our president could not have been elected without the support of the most extreme racist groups, and that Trump has a white supremacist, Steve Bannon, as his chief strategist.

I dont know whether Trump is a racist, but he did everything possible to woo the racist vote talking about Obama’s birth, Mexican rapists, and radical Islamic terrorists.

I am calling on the press to reject the words alt-right; they misrepresent something that is truly evil.

Charles Frisk

Green Bay

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Journalist says she was the target of an ‘alt-right’ lynch mob – PRI

It all started with a column.

On Jan. 30, Rosa Brooks wrote an editorial in Foreign Policy magazine speculating about what would happen if Donald Trump actually went insane. She mused that Trump could be impeached, or that he could be removed by the vice president and the cabinet. “And then at the very end of the column, I said there’s something I always assumed was unthinkable in this country, which is the military refusingto obey orders, or even a coup. But for the first [time] in my life, I could imagine a scenario where that actually happens, and that’s frightening.”

At first, nothing happened. But then a few days after the column came out, she boarded a plane from Washington, DC,to Houston. Everything was quiet when she got on the plane. “But I got off, and I had hundreds and hundreds of new tweets and emails. And I thought, ‘What the heck happened?'”

Breitbart News the website pandering to the “alt-right” and white supremacists previously run by Steve Bannon, now Donald Trump’s top political adviser had run a story about her column, called “Ex-Obama Official Suggests Military Coup Against Trump.”Soon, conspiracy-oriented outlets from InfoWars to white supremacist websites likeDaily Stormer claimed she was threatening the violent overthrow of the USgovernment.

“I swear I wasn’t actually planning a coup!” she says.

Still, the hate mail flowed in. She was bombarded with obscene, racistand violent tweets, callsand emails. One email warned, “I AM GOING TO CUT OFF YOUR HEAD … BITCH.” Other messages threatened to shoot her, hang her, deport herand imprison her.

At first, Brooks says she downplayed the threats. “I thought, ‘Oh, OK. So you get a bunch of crazy people who have nothing better to do than sit down and send you nasty emails. So what else is new?'”

But then she remembered theshooting at Comet Ping Pong in December.

Comet Ping Pong restaurant was the target of fake news stories saying it was harboringa child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. “Everybody including myself said, ‘Oh that’s so silly. Nobody could possibly believe that. It’s just goofy,” recalls Brooks. But a North Carolina man read the story and stormed the pizzeria with a military-style assault rifle. Brooks says events like that make it harder to dismiss the threats against her as hot air.”That kind of incident is sobering. It only takes one crazy person to take silly crazy internet rumors seriously to create a real danger.”

Brooks concedes online harassment of journalists is nothing new. Over the years, Brooks says she’s received plenty of hate mail. But something feels different now.

With Trump and Bannon in the White House, Brooks says she’s no longer confident that journalists are safe from government crackdowns.”When you have a president in the White House who feels free to go make personal attacks on federal judges, foreign leaders, etc. … it does start feeling like all bets are off.”

At the end of the day, Brooks says journalists must not be intimidated into silence. “My biggest fear is that people will stop speaking truth.”

Brooks, who wrote her own column about the experience, promises to redouble her efforts to ask the hard questions, have uncomfortable conversationsand challenge executive overreach.

“We do have a set of really important Constitutional norms in this country. And we’re seeing them challenged from the White House itself in a very public way. And that’s scary, and we have to call it scary,” Brooks says. “Pushing back against treating this as if it’s just normal is really, really important for all of us to do.”

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JK Rowling Has Been Roasting Alt-Right Trolls and it’s Glorious – Forward

In case you missed it, J.K. Rowling has been absolutely killing it on Twitter.

When the Harry Potter author isnt busy giving her take on Donald Trump or retweeting powerful messages on Holocaust Memorial Day, shes going to toe-to-toe with alt-right trolls.

Case in point: Rowlings response to a user with a Pepe the Frog avatar (the signature alt-right symbol) calling her Mrs. Shitty Writer (burn)

Rowling took the comment in stride, writing: sighs Well, who knows? If I try harder, I might be reincarnated as a lonely virgin hiding behind a cartoon frog.

One user commented back in jest wondering if Rowling had beef with all virgins, to which the author quickly clarified her position.

Unless theyre sublimating their frustration in alt-right politics, I wish every one of them fulfilment and happiness

She then wrote back to another avatar-masked troll, who accused her of hiding behind a fictional dweeb ass child.

Unless youre actually a hooded chihuahua, Im pretty sure I win on the not hiding front. I quite like old whore, though. #Shakespearean, Rowling wrote.

Keep at it, J.K., keep at it.

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban,’ Deleting the Alt-Right, and the Internet’s Future – Daily Beast

The Mayor of the Internet has spoken. And he is deeply unhappy with President Trumpnamely, with the commander-in-chiefs recent executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a controversial decision that has sparked protests at airports around the country, and led to the unprincipled detainment of the elderly, infirm, and even children.

On Feb. 1st, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who sits on the board of the aggregation and discussion site boasting approximately 280 million users, posted an open letter to the Reddit community about Trumps immigration ban.

President Trumps recent executive order is not only potentially unconstitutional, but deeply un-American, the letter read. As many of you know, I am the son of an undocumented immigrant from Germany and the great grandson of refugees who fled the Armenian GenocideWithout them, theres no me, and theres no Reddit. We are Americans. Lets not forget that weve thrived as a nation because weve been a beacon for the courageousthe tired, the poor, the tempest-tossed. Right now, Lady Libertys lamp is dimming, which is why its more important than ever that we speak out and show up to support all those for whom it shinespast, present, and future.

Ohanians post soon went viral, attracting over 1 million unique visitors and 1 million votes, making it one of the highest-scoring Reddit blog posts ever. The 33-year-old wrote the letter after returning from witnessing his fiance, sports legend Serena Williams, win the Australian Open. And then, after generating headlines for his letter and dedicated performance as sideline cheerleader, the popular site created plenty more when it chose to ban three alt-right forums for violating their content policy. Though the site calls itself the front page of the internet and is home to many positive forums (or subreddits), it has also served as a breeding ground for the so-called alt-right: a community of lonely-boy shitposters turned white nationalists.

The Daily Beast spoke to Ohanian about these recent developments.

What inspired you to share your story and speak out against President Trumps executive order on immigration?

I was out of the country for the last two weeks [at the Australian Open] so I missed the inauguration, and I missed the first couple of weeks of the presidency. I felt pretty disconnected. Id been talking to friends, family, and consuming social media, but it was when I was lying back that I really thought about the country I was going back to. And with all the news around the immigration ban, I just felt like I would be such a hypocrite if I did not say something. On my fathers side Im descended from immigrants, one of whom was a Syrian refugee from the Armenian genocide, and my mother was an immigrant from Germany whose visa had expired and, for a year and change, was undocumented here in the U.S. Im grateful that she was not deported, and Im grateful that this country opened its doors to my family, and its the reason Im here, and its the reason Reddit can be here. I knew that, and I knew that I wouldnt be okay with myself if I didnt say something.

When I landedthis was one of those international flights where you get excited because theres Wi-Fi, but the Wi-Fi is so bad that you cant actually use itand started catching up on emails, the executive team at Reddit was talking about a post on Monday (this was now Sunday), and I suggested that perhaps mine could work in addition to an official Reddit statement. Everyone seemed pretty excited about that. I suppose I could have published it other places, but Reddit is the home of conversation online. There was a suggestion by one of our other execs that posting it and making a call to action for other stories would generate a ton of people telling their own story or their familys story, and sure enough thousands of people came through and delivered on this. It was really heartwarming. And those stories from the comments have been shared, and reposted, and talked about. There are stories that are far more inspirational, moving, and even funnier than mine, and they are American stories.

They truly are. This is a country of immigrants, founded by immigrants.

It is the story of this country: people who came here for some reason, and were able to make the country as great as it is. Tech, as an industry, has obviously benefitted from so many immigrants over the years, and so many amazing companies have been founded by immigrantsor the children of immigrantsso we know how important this is, as an industry. In the face of what seems like a daily dose of something new that catches us off-guard, its been really heartening to see. All of us now, just a couple of weeks in, are still very curious to see where this goes, because it really doesnt seem like theres a precedent for this. Thats why its going to be so important for people to talk about these things. If this election taught us anything, its that we need more discussionand not within echo chambers, but in communities where we dont normally venture.

Weve learned some things about this executive order. The Trump administration has tried to talk around it, but as Rudy Giuliani confirmed, this does seem to be a Muslim ban, and theres been quite a bit of disinformation concerning it. The administration initially said it only affected 109 people, but now weve learned that anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 visas were affected. How troubling is that, for you? The deluge of misinformation coming out of the administration thus far?

It all seems very frenetic, and I think thats where its going to be more important for us to use technology, as we have it, and obviously the media has a really important role to play hereto make sure that were finding out and getting to the bottom of what is happening. This has become such a polarizing time in our country, and I want to believeI really, really want to believethat this experiment will continue to improve and continue to evolve (this experiment being our country). And even when there are times that I feel like we are making steps backwards, I do feel that the trend overall is forwards. I think we have to be vigilant right now, and I think that technology can really help us. All of us who are here are trying to figure out how we can keep this trending in the right direction, and it just comes down to more discussion, more understanding, and hopefully more empathy.

What are your thoughts on the #DeleteUber campaign in the wake of Trumps executive order on immigration that resulted in Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quitting Trumps advisory council, as well as an estimated 200,000 people deleting the app?

Every company is going to be taking a different approach to these issues. Overall, Im really proud of how the tech industry has been aligned in defending the very people who have built this industry, and one of the benefits of the age we live in now is your usersyour customershave a platform to help them let you know in real time how they feel. I know what our priorities are with Reddit, and as I said in my letter to the community, Reddit would not exist without immigrants. Apple, Intel, Tesla, etc. as well. As a nation its been our unfair advantage, and I hope that it continues to be.

OK but Uber did break a taxi strike. What do you actually think about Ubers actions in the wake of the executive order? They turned off surge pricing about midway through the strike, but did not honor the strike.

You know, I missed a lot of that as it was happening in real time, but I have seen Travis [Kalanick] resign, and that right there, like I said, is a reflection of audience, or is a reflection of a community and a user base whose voice was clearly heard by it in response to everything that [Uber] was doing.

Lets discuss the shutting down of three alt-right forums on Reddit. I enjoy browsing Reddit, but I recognize that at the same time, this is a place where the alt-right organized. Why did you choose to delete the forums, and how do you feel about the presence of what many would consider a hate group in the alt-right on Reddit?

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One of the first things that Steve [Huffman, co-founder] and I did when we came back a couple of years ago was update the content policy. This provides rules of the road for the whole site. There are hundreds of thousands of communities, those communities are managed by volunteer moderators, and then once we had the rules of the road, we created a trust and safety team of Reddit employees who would then enforce them. So when moderators or users run astray, we have a whole policy that decides how we would temporarily ban them, or if we outright ban them theres a whole set of procedures that are in place. And at what point would we eventually shut down a community for violating the policy? What happened last week is an example of that all working. This is our trust and safety team enforcing a violation of our content policy regarding personal informationdoxxing is the shorthand for itbut basically, these communities continue to violate our policy, and we shut them down.

Now, there are communities among the hundreds of thousands that I find awful, that I disagree with. Were having monthly policy reviews to make sure that were continuing to trend in the right direction overall with the policies we have, and how to enforce them. Theres never been a platform of 280 million people all sharing hundreds of thousands of communities, and many, many discussions and conversations. So we are constantly looking to make sure to be the way we want to be. The best metric that we have right now is, any piece of content on Reddit can be reported by another user for being a violation, an infraction, harassment, etc., and that is every message, every comment, every post. That user base of 280 million, 99.98% of the time, has no reports by another user. Were constantly trying to push that 0.02% of reports down to zero, but thats one of our strongest barometers to see the temperature of the content across the platform.

Wheres the line between free speech and hate speech? There are many positive groups on Reddit, of course, but theres also r/Nazi, r/altright, and other subreddits that primarily deal in hate speech. So where do you draw the line?

Well, our goal here is for Reddit to be a global home of conversation. What makes Reddit special is that people feel free to express themselves. Where we want to draw the line is where that feeling of being able to express oneself freely starts to infringe on someone feeling like they can express themselves. This is not a bright and clear line; this is something were continuing to look at, and continuing to discuss internally, because at the end of the day, our goal is to be worldwide. Our goal is to have anyone on this planet feel like they can find their homes on Reddit for whatever their passions, hobbies, or loves are, and to find people with whom they share common groundand then hopefully learn a few things about people with whom they dont. Thats what guides us.

One of the more bizarreand fascinatingcharacters in the Trump administration is Peter Thiel. Have you had any interactions with this guy, and what do you think of his role within the administration?

Im probably the worst Silicon Valley insider ever. I dont hang out with Silicon Valley people. Im in a long-distance relationship [with Serena Williams], so I usually spend my weekends wherever my fiance is. I dont run in Peter Thiels circles, and I have shockingly little insight into his role within the administration. Everything I know is just based on what I read on Reddit.

Another figure is Steve Bannon. Im sure youre familiar with Breitbart. Its concerning to many that Bannon, who ran a site like Breitbart, which hes called a platform for the alt-right, is the presidents right-hand man. And then you have Infowars, which the presidents appeared onand has repeated several of its unfounded conspiracy theories. These bogus sites seem to be gaining legitimacy because of Trump, and now people dont know where to turn for real or fake news.

Well, I grew up walking by checkout lanes and seeing racks and racks and racks of what people would consider fake newsabout UFOs abducting werewolvesand I think the difference now is, in a digital age, any resource, whether its some random bloggers musings and clickbait-y headline or a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, they all are on essentially a level playing field in a sense that anyone can access them in an open internet as equally as any other. I think this is an overall positive thingthat information can be accessed equallybecause there are many people for whom knowledge used to be a giant barrier where people who had it kept it away. The challenge now is providing those tools and those resources for people to make the best decision possible. I do genuinely believe that, when given and presented with all the information and all the actual facts, the vast majority of people will make the right choice. Thats why right now its really, really important for us to be pushing on those facts. So far, the administration seems to be playing it fast and loose with a lot of things. The hope is that all the folks who voted the president into officeand all the folks who didntall equally appreciate truth. I think thats a pretty reasonable assumption. And for the folks who want to muddy that, thats where we have to shine our lights of truth even brighter.

Are you worried, given how corporate this administration is and how much of a fan of censorship it appears to be, about the freedom of the internetnet neutralityunder the Trump administration?

Yeah. You know, the new FCC head definitely has my eyebrows raised. But you know what? This is just now one part of a lot of things that we have to be paying attention to. Even back when we defeated SOPA and PIPA, and even back when we got that victory for Title II, we knew this was a consistent, ongoing thing. A lot of it, frankly, is education. A lot of it is the fact that there are digital natives and digital non-nativesnot the best word for it, admittedlyand we have a lot of people in office who are not digital natives, and historically our industry has not done the best job of educating about technology. I think thats our opportunity. We have a lot of people who are very well-intentioned, and Ive seen it firsthand: when you sit down with them and take time to explain to them why an open and free internet is good for American society and American business, once they see that presented to them, and were doing it as people who just genuinely want to help explain the situation, things ended up going pretty well. With the new administration, no matter whos going to be taking over, there was going to have to be a new dialogue, and a new discussion. And this is the new one.

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Richard Spencer, alt-right leader, celebrates Super Bowl win by ‘NFL’s Whitest Team’ – Washington Times


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Altright ringleader Richard Spencer sent a series of racially tinged tweets on Sunday night following the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. In his messages, he attributed the team's success to its comparative whiteness and …
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Who is Jack Buckby, what is the alt-right and what did the former BNP member say to Barbara Ntumy during the … – The Sun

The controversial character who attacks multiculturalism came under fire on Channel 4 news RIGHT-winger Jack Buckby caused controversy when he told a student campaigner I hope you dont get raped during a live TV debate about Syrian refugees. The 24-year-old alt-right activist has often hit the headlines during his short career in politics but who is he? Jack Buckby studied politics before being kicked out of university after protesting againt a Muslim speaker. He claimed they were going to justify the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby who was killed by two men who converted to Islam. After going the BNP he was tipped to become a future leading figure within the party during his stint as a member of its youth wing the BNP Crusaders. But it didn’t last long, as the youngster later quit the party over concerns its views had become “racist.” He is now working as a press officer for Liberty GB and stood for election in the European Elections in 2014. Heinfamously contested the Batley and Spen by-election seat after Jo Cox MP’s tragic murder – despiteall major political parties saying they would abstain out of respect. The activistconsiders himself to be a “paleoconservative and a culturist” who doesn’t believe multiculturalism works. His party Liberty GB wants to ban all immigration to Britain for five years. Nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term alt-right in 2010. It stands for people with far-right ideologies whooftenbecome notorious for their views on race, religion and gender. Alt-right, short for alterntive right, has become a buzz word in mainstream media. It is a broad, outspoken movementthat attacks multiculturalism, globalisation and immigration. The Anti-Defamation League defines it as a vague termabout extremists “who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of forms of conservatism that embrace implicit or explicit racism or white supremacy”. Those writing under the umbrella termdiffer on many points but common targets include the establishment, feminism and political correctness. The group supported President-elect Donald Trump in the US presidential race. Those associated with the group which has no clear ideology or membership operate mostly through social media. Buckby appeared on Channel 4 News to debate the alt-right movement with a political activist from the National Union of Students black students’ campaign. Right-wing activist Jack Buckby handeda refugee application form toBarbara Ntumy during a live discussion on Channel 4 News. He told her to “put her money where her mouth is”, adding: “Take one home, take in a Syrian refugee. I hope you dont get raped. His remark left Ntumy lost for words before she admitted not havingthe “financial means” to invite a refugee into her home. The news debate, which has now been removed from Channel 4’s website, caused an astonished man behind the camera to say on my god during the live broadcast. Buckbymade the comments after saying that he wanted to deport people who are drain on society. READ MORE Far-right activists shocking outburst on Channel 4 News after challenging a woman to adopt a Syrian refugee A far-right party has announced it will contest the by-election caused by Jo Coxs death What is the alt-right and why has Twitter suspended some of its highest-profile members?

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Is There Such A Thing As An Alt-Left? – Forbes

Forbes Is There Such A Thing As An Alt -Left? Forbes I do not find the evidence presented in this piece to be particularly convincing in proving the main claims, which are 1) that an "alt-left" similar to the Alt – Right exists and 2) that it is waging anything like a "cyber Jihad." One protest, some …

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The next Celebrity Big Brother? It’ll be alt-right on the night – The Guardian

Katie Hopkins entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2015. Photograph: Ian West/PA Barely four minutes after the conclusion of the most recent Celebrity Big Brother, I am intrigued to see a rash of headlines speculating as to who will be in the summer line-up. Previously a once-a-year-event, Celebrity Big Brother now appears to be a rolling facility a sort of career spa to which celebrities can repair to take the waters when recovering from the other formats. Just as the jet set use the seasons as a verb to describe the migration from Gstaad to the Amalfi coast, there are now people who winter in the jungle and summer in Elstree. And yet, is it not time to give these shows a thermonuclear modern boost? In short: when is reality television going to accept its new repertory company, and formally embrace the alt-right? Admittedly it has dipped in the toe of its hazmat suit Katie Hopkins has done a grand tour of the formats. But in an age where the most prominent political satire on TV is a panel show onits 52nd series, I should like to see a dedicated far-right edition of Celebrity Big Brother. Or Im a Celebrity. Or Celebrity Survivor. Or any of them, really, except Love Island. There are easily enough characters available now, and Im sure the last thing they would be is too chicken to bring their ideas to an even wider audience. Hopkins could be persuaded back, obviously. Then theres Milo Yiannopoulos, and that Paul Joseph Watson who broadcasts to Infowars from Battersea, of all hilarious locations. Another tweedily bespectacled one popped up on Channel 4 news this week with comments so silly that I yearned to see him forced to repeat them at Tribal Council and not get picked off. And Im sure you could get a couple of the American ones over. When a reality star was elected US president, there was a sense that the genre had no mountains left to climb. Yet given how well suited the relentless attention-seeking of the far right is to reality TV, perhaps that is not the case. People say that sunlight is the best disinfectant, but the actual best disinfectant is being cloistered in a McMansion or on an island, and forced to fight and scheme your way to dominance while everyone at home shrieks at how unbelievably ghastly you are. Please just picture Milo having to cooperate with Katie in a raft-building challenge, and tell me there wouldnt be tears before bedtime. And tears of laughter for us, of course. If only British TV commissioning editors werent so serially frightened. At some point they should at least consider confronting the age, before aneven worse one comes along.

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Alt-Right trolls boycott Netflix because they’re scared of Dear White People – A.V. Club

Yesterday, Netflix premiered the trailer for Dear White People, a series based on a film that was released in 2014 and doesnt seem to have made much of an impact on the worlds supply of white people. But since the online communities who like to call people sensitive snowflakes are also big into projection, trollish alt-right types who frequent 4chans /pol/ board and Reddits r/the_donald (where else?) are freaking the fuck out about the trailer, calling for white people to #BoycottNetflix over the companys brazen act of anti-white discrimination and white genocide, i.e., acknowledging the existence of people of color in its customer base. Like most right-wing boycotts, the only ones who are being punished here are the boycotters themselves, who now will never know how The Santa Clarita Diet ends. And Netflix makes a point of not releasing ratings for its shows, so even if the boycott does make an impact (it wontthe company added 1.45 million subscribers in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2016, and has more than 93 million subscribers worldwide, so it couldnt give less of a fuck about a handful of easily offended white people), Netflixs stock wouldnt be affected either way. If youve been keeping track, this now means that white supremacists can no longer drink Coke, Pepsi, or Budweiser (or Budwiser, as they spell it), eat Oreos, go to Starbucks, watch Star Wars movies, or binge on Netflix. Oh well, more bandwidth and corn syrup for the rest of us. [via Gizmodo] Submit your Newswire tips here. Previous Newswire The Batman gets a rewrite to go with its new director Go to the A.V. Club homepage

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Charles Frisk: Alt-right is not all right – Madison.com

Dear Editor: It is difficult to read a newspaper today without seeing a reference to the alt-right an expression most of us had never heard a year ago. New words are developed all the time; helicopter parent and frenemy are prime examples. Most new words simply make it easier to express ourselves, but there is something much more sinister about the usage of alt-right. White nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term alt-right in 2010, but it first came into common usage through its use by former Breitbart News chair, Steve Bannon, now White House chief strategist for Donald Trump. The term alt-right is used to refer to groups that formerly were called white supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK, or racists. On the evening news we see rallies with people giving the Nazi salute, chanting Sieg Heil and “Hail Trump,” and they are referred to as alt-right rather than neo-Nazis. In some cases the press intentionally uses the expression to sanitize racist behavior, but many times I think the expression is used because it is just too horrifying to fathom that our president could not have been elected without the support of the most extreme racist groups, and that Trump has a white supremacist, Steve Bannon, as his chief strategist. I dont know whether Trump is a racist, but he did everything possible to woo the racist vote talking about Obama’s birth, Mexican rapists, and radical Islamic terrorists. I am calling on the press to reject the words alt-right; they misrepresent something that is truly evil. Charles Frisk Green Bay Send your letter to the editor to tctvoice@madison.com. Include your full name, hometown and phone number. Your name and town will be published. The phone number is for verification purposes only. Please keep your letter to 250 words or less.

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Journalist says she was the target of an ‘alt-right’ lynch mob – PRI

It all started with a column. On Jan. 30, Rosa Brooks wrote an editorial in Foreign Policy magazine speculating about what would happen if Donald Trump actually went insane. She mused that Trump could be impeached, or that he could be removed by the vice president and the cabinet. “And then at the very end of the column, I said there’s something I always assumed was unthinkable in this country, which is the military refusingto obey orders, or even a coup. But for the first [time] in my life, I could imagine a scenario where that actually happens, and that’s frightening.” At first, nothing happened. But then a few days after the column came out, she boarded a plane from Washington, DC,to Houston. Everything was quiet when she got on the plane. “But I got off, and I had hundreds and hundreds of new tweets and emails. And I thought, ‘What the heck happened?'” Breitbart News the website pandering to the “alt-right” and white supremacists previously run by Steve Bannon, now Donald Trump’s top political adviser had run a story about her column, called “Ex-Obama Official Suggests Military Coup Against Trump.”Soon, conspiracy-oriented outlets from InfoWars to white supremacist websites likeDaily Stormer claimed she was threatening the violent overthrow of the USgovernment. “I swear I wasn’t actually planning a coup!” she says. Still, the hate mail flowed in. She was bombarded with obscene, racistand violent tweets, callsand emails. One email warned, “I AM GOING TO CUT OFF YOUR HEAD … BITCH.” Other messages threatened to shoot her, hang her, deport herand imprison her. At first, Brooks says she downplayed the threats. “I thought, ‘Oh, OK. So you get a bunch of crazy people who have nothing better to do than sit down and send you nasty emails. So what else is new?'” But then she remembered theshooting at Comet Ping Pong in December. Comet Ping Pong restaurant was the target of fake news stories saying it was harboringa child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. “Everybody including myself said, ‘Oh that’s so silly. Nobody could possibly believe that. It’s just goofy,” recalls Brooks. But a North Carolina man read the story and stormed the pizzeria with a military-style assault rifle. Brooks says events like that make it harder to dismiss the threats against her as hot air.”That kind of incident is sobering. It only takes one crazy person to take silly crazy internet rumors seriously to create a real danger.” Brooks concedes online harassment of journalists is nothing new. Over the years, Brooks says she’s received plenty of hate mail. But something feels different now. With Trump and Bannon in the White House, Brooks says she’s no longer confident that journalists are safe from government crackdowns.”When you have a president in the White House who feels free to go make personal attacks on federal judges, foreign leaders, etc. … it does start feeling like all bets are off.” At the end of the day, Brooks says journalists must not be intimidated into silence. “My biggest fear is that people will stop speaking truth.” Brooks, who wrote her own column about the experience, promises to redouble her efforts to ask the hard questions, have uncomfortable conversationsand challenge executive overreach. “We do have a set of really important Constitutional norms in this country. And we’re seeing them challenged from the White House itself in a very public way. And that’s scary, and we have to call it scary,” Brooks says. “Pushing back against treating this as if it’s just normal is really, really important for all of us to do.”

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JK Rowling Has Been Roasting Alt-Right Trolls and it’s Glorious – Forward

In case you missed it, J.K. Rowling has been absolutely killing it on Twitter. When the Harry Potter author isnt busy giving her take on Donald Trump or retweeting powerful messages on Holocaust Memorial Day, shes going to toe-to-toe with alt-right trolls. Case in point: Rowlings response to a user with a Pepe the Frog avatar (the signature alt-right symbol) calling her Mrs. Shitty Writer (burn) Rowling took the comment in stride, writing: sighs Well, who knows? If I try harder, I might be reincarnated as a lonely virgin hiding behind a cartoon frog. One user commented back in jest wondering if Rowling had beef with all virgins, to which the author quickly clarified her position. Unless theyre sublimating their frustration in alt-right politics, I wish every one of them fulfilment and happiness

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban,’ Deleting the Alt-Right, and the Internet’s Future – Daily Beast

The Mayor of the Internet has spoken. And he is deeply unhappy with President Trumpnamely, with the commander-in-chiefs recent executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a controversial decision that has sparked protests at airports around the country, and led to the unprincipled detainment of the elderly, infirm, and even children. On Feb. 1st, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who sits on the board of the aggregation and discussion site boasting approximately 280 million users, posted an open letter to the Reddit community about Trumps immigration ban. President Trumps recent executive order is not only potentially unconstitutional, but deeply un-American, the letter read. As many of you know, I am the son of an undocumented immigrant from Germany and the great grandson of refugees who fled the Armenian GenocideWithout them, theres no me, and theres no Reddit. We are Americans. Lets not forget that weve thrived as a nation because weve been a beacon for the courageousthe tired, the poor, the tempest-tossed. Right now, Lady Libertys lamp is dimming, which is why its more important than ever that we speak out and show up to support all those for whom it shinespast, present, and future. Ohanians post soon went viral, attracting over 1 million unique visitors and 1 million votes, making it one of the highest-scoring Reddit blog posts ever. The 33-year-old wrote the letter after returning from witnessing his fiance, sports legend Serena Williams, win the Australian Open. And then, after generating headlines for his letter and dedicated performance as sideline cheerleader, the popular site created plenty more when it chose to ban three alt-right forums for violating their content policy. Though the site calls itself the front page of the internet and is home to many positive forums (or subreddits), it has also served as a breeding ground for the so-called alt-right: a community of lonely-boy shitposters turned white nationalists. The Daily Beast spoke to Ohanian about these recent developments. What inspired you to share your story and speak out against President Trumps executive order on immigration? I was out of the country for the last two weeks [at the Australian Open] so I missed the inauguration, and I missed the first couple of weeks of the presidency. I felt pretty disconnected. Id been talking to friends, family, and consuming social media, but it was when I was lying back that I really thought about the country I was going back to. And with all the news around the immigration ban, I just felt like I would be such a hypocrite if I did not say something. On my fathers side Im descended from immigrants, one of whom was a Syrian refugee from the Armenian genocide, and my mother was an immigrant from Germany whose visa had expired and, for a year and change, was undocumented here in the U.S. Im grateful that she was not deported, and Im grateful that this country opened its doors to my family, and its the reason Im here, and its the reason Reddit can be here. I knew that, and I knew that I wouldnt be okay with myself if I didnt say something. When I landedthis was one of those international flights where you get excited because theres Wi-Fi, but the Wi-Fi is so bad that you cant actually use itand started catching up on emails, the executive team at Reddit was talking about a post on Monday (this was now Sunday), and I suggested that perhaps mine could work in addition to an official Reddit statement. Everyone seemed pretty excited about that. I suppose I could have published it other places, but Reddit is the home of conversation online. There was a suggestion by one of our other execs that posting it and making a call to action for other stories would generate a ton of people telling their own story or their familys story, and sure enough thousands of people came through and delivered on this. It was really heartwarming. And those stories from the comments have been shared, and reposted, and talked about. There are stories that are far more inspirational, moving, and even funnier than mine, and they are American stories. They truly are. This is a country of immigrants, founded by immigrants. It is the story of this country: people who came here for some reason, and were able to make the country as great as it is. Tech, as an industry, has obviously benefitted from so many immigrants over the years, and so many amazing companies have been founded by immigrantsor the children of immigrantsso we know how important this is, as an industry. In the face of what seems like a daily dose of something new that catches us off-guard, its been really heartening to see. All of us now, just a couple of weeks in, are still very curious to see where this goes, because it really doesnt seem like theres a precedent for this. Thats why its going to be so important for people to talk about these things. If this election taught us anything, its that we need more discussionand not within echo chambers, but in communities where we dont normally venture. Weve learned some things about this executive order. The Trump administration has tried to talk around it, but as Rudy Giuliani confirmed, this does seem to be a Muslim ban, and theres been quite a bit of disinformation concerning it. The administration initially said it only affected 109 people, but now weve learned that anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 visas were affected. How troubling is that, for you? The deluge of misinformation coming out of the administration thus far? It all seems very frenetic, and I think thats where its going to be more important for us to use technology, as we have it, and obviously the media has a really important role to play hereto make sure that were finding out and getting to the bottom of what is happening. This has become such a polarizing time in our country, and I want to believeI really, really want to believethat this experiment will continue to improve and continue to evolve (this experiment being our country). And even when there are times that I feel like we are making steps backwards, I do feel that the trend overall is forwards. I think we have to be vigilant right now, and I think that technology can really help us. All of us who are here are trying to figure out how we can keep this trending in the right direction, and it just comes down to more discussion, more understanding, and hopefully more empathy. What are your thoughts on the #DeleteUber campaign in the wake of Trumps executive order on immigration that resulted in Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quitting Trumps advisory council, as well as an estimated 200,000 people deleting the app? Every company is going to be taking a different approach to these issues. Overall, Im really proud of how the tech industry has been aligned in defending the very people who have built this industry, and one of the benefits of the age we live in now is your usersyour customershave a platform to help them let you know in real time how they feel. I know what our priorities are with Reddit, and as I said in my letter to the community, Reddit would not exist without immigrants. Apple, Intel, Tesla, etc. as well. As a nation its been our unfair advantage, and I hope that it continues to be. OK but Uber did break a taxi strike. What do you actually think about Ubers actions in the wake of the executive order? They turned off surge pricing about midway through the strike, but did not honor the strike. You know, I missed a lot of that as it was happening in real time, but I have seen Travis [Kalanick] resign, and that right there, like I said, is a reflection of audience, or is a reflection of a community and a user base whose voice was clearly heard by it in response to everything that [Uber] was doing. Lets discuss the shutting down of three alt-right forums on Reddit. I enjoy browsing Reddit, but I recognize that at the same time, this is a place where the alt-right organized. Why did you choose to delete the forums, and how do you feel about the presence of what many would consider a hate group in the alt-right on Reddit? Thank You! You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason One of the first things that Steve [Huffman, co-founder] and I did when we came back a couple of years ago was update the content policy. This provides rules of the road for the whole site. There are hundreds of thousands of communities, those communities are managed by volunteer moderators, and then once we had the rules of the road, we created a trust and safety team of Reddit employees who would then enforce them. So when moderators or users run astray, we have a whole policy that decides how we would temporarily ban them, or if we outright ban them theres a whole set of procedures that are in place. And at what point would we eventually shut down a community for violating the policy? What happened last week is an example of that all working. This is our trust and safety team enforcing a violation of our content policy regarding personal informationdoxxing is the shorthand for itbut basically, these communities continue to violate our policy, and we shut them down. Now, there are communities among the hundreds of thousands that I find awful, that I disagree with. Were having monthly policy reviews to make sure that were continuing to trend in the right direction overall with the policies we have, and how to enforce them. Theres never been a platform of 280 million people all sharing hundreds of thousands of communities, and many, many discussions and conversations. So we are constantly looking to make sure to be the way we want to be. The best metric that we have right now is, any piece of content on Reddit can be reported by another user for being a violation, an infraction, harassment, etc., and that is every message, every comment, every post. That user base of 280 million, 99.98% of the time, has no reports by another user. Were constantly trying to push that 0.02% of reports down to zero, but thats one of our strongest barometers to see the temperature of the content across the platform. Wheres the line between free speech and hate speech? There are many positive groups on Reddit, of course, but theres also r/Nazi, r/altright, and other subreddits that primarily deal in hate speech. So where do you draw the line? Well, our goal here is for Reddit to be a global home of conversation. What makes Reddit special is that people feel free to express themselves. Where we want to draw the line is where that feeling of being able to express oneself freely starts to infringe on someone feeling like they can express themselves. This is not a bright and clear line; this is something were continuing to look at, and continuing to discuss internally, because at the end of the day, our goal is to be worldwide. Our goal is to have anyone on this planet feel like they can find their homes on Reddit for whatever their passions, hobbies, or loves are, and to find people with whom they share common groundand then hopefully learn a few things about people with whom they dont. Thats what guides us. One of the more bizarreand fascinatingcharacters in the Trump administration is Peter Thiel. Have you had any interactions with this guy, and what do you think of his role within the administration? Im probably the worst Silicon Valley insider ever. I dont hang out with Silicon Valley people. Im in a long-distance relationship [with Serena Williams], so I usually spend my weekends wherever my fiance is. I dont run in Peter Thiels circles, and I have shockingly little insight into his role within the administration. Everything I know is just based on what I read on Reddit. Another figure is Steve Bannon. Im sure youre familiar with Breitbart. Its concerning to many that Bannon, who ran a site like Breitbart, which hes called a platform for the alt-right, is the presidents right-hand man. And then you have Infowars, which the presidents appeared onand has repeated several of its unfounded conspiracy theories. These bogus sites seem to be gaining legitimacy because of Trump, and now people dont know where to turn for real or fake news. Well, I grew up walking by checkout lanes and seeing racks and racks and racks of what people would consider fake newsabout UFOs abducting werewolvesand I think the difference now is, in a digital age, any resource, whether its some random bloggers musings and clickbait-y headline or a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, they all are on essentially a level playing field in a sense that anyone can access them in an open internet as equally as any other. I think this is an overall positive thingthat information can be accessed equallybecause there are many people for whom knowledge used to be a giant barrier where people who had it kept it away. The challenge now is providing those tools and those resources for people to make the best decision possible. I do genuinely believe that, when given and presented with all the information and all the actual facts, the vast majority of people will make the right choice. Thats why right now its really, really important for us to be pushing on those facts. So far, the administration seems to be playing it fast and loose with a lot of things. The hope is that all the folks who voted the president into officeand all the folks who didntall equally appreciate truth. I think thats a pretty reasonable assumption. And for the folks who want to muddy that, thats where we have to shine our lights of truth even brighter. Are you worried, given how corporate this administration is and how much of a fan of censorship it appears to be, about the freedom of the internetnet neutralityunder the Trump administration? Yeah. You know, the new FCC head definitely has my eyebrows raised. But you know what? This is just now one part of a lot of things that we have to be paying attention to. Even back when we defeated SOPA and PIPA, and even back when we got that victory for Title II, we knew this was a consistent, ongoing thing. A lot of it, frankly, is education. A lot of it is the fact that there are digital natives and digital non-nativesnot the best word for it, admittedlyand we have a lot of people in office who are not digital natives, and historically our industry has not done the best job of educating about technology. I think thats our opportunity. We have a lot of people who are very well-intentioned, and Ive seen it firsthand: when you sit down with them and take time to explain to them why an open and free internet is good for American society and American business, once they see that presented to them, and were doing it as people who just genuinely want to help explain the situation, things ended up going pretty well. With the new administration, no matter whos going to be taking over, there was going to have to be a new dialogue, and a new discussion. And this is the new one.

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Richard Spencer, alt-right leader, celebrates Super Bowl win by ‘NFL’s Whitest Team’ – Washington Times

Washington Times Richard Spencer, alt – right leader, celebrates Super Bowl win by 'NFL's Whitest Team' Washington Times Alt – right ringleader Richard Spencer sent a series of racially tinged tweets on Sunday night following the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. In his messages, he attributed the team's success to its comparative whiteness and … The Alt – Right Appropriates Patriots Win Yahoo News Alt Right's Richard Spencer Calls Patriots Victory a Win for the 'White Race' Eurweb.com White Nationalist Richard Spencer Revels in Patriots' Super Bowl Victory Boston magazine (blog) all 16 news articles »

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