Sunday, May 06, 2018
CNN airs documentary "Spreading Hate: The Dark Side of the Internet"
CNN ran a particularly alarming special Saturday night May 5 at 8 PM, “Spreading Hate: The Dark Side of the Internet”, main link here.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the documentary was a few specific stories. For example, a mom and apparent property owner in a small Montana town became the subject of a neo-Nazi troll storm, apparently right after a blog post about a confrontation, CNN story. This was the most disturbing of all the incidents reported.
And private companies have stepped up pressure at least on “white supremacist” (for want of a better name) websites. We all know about Daily Stormer after Charlottesville, but Specer’s own “Alt-Right” got shut down by GoDaddy.
The documentary also reiterated the Comet Ping Pong “Pizzagate” incident in Washington DC December 2016; the perpetrator, Welch, now is serving a prison term but, as the documentary contends, the platforms are not held accountable for facilitating the channeling of hate to those intellectually unprepared to deal with it. Welch even said “he had to protect those show couldn’t protect themselves” even if a few people died, and that seems ironic as he could not protect himself from his own gullibility and vulnerability to superficial propaganda.
In my own echo chamber, I never saw this kind of stuff in my own feeds in 2016. I didn’t realize what was going on and was totally shocked by Charlottesville.