We’re back at it again – Clickworkers against fascists
The far-right political scene began to develop on the Internet long ago. From video forums and music portals to social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc. – the “World Network,” commands the extreme-right scene. The Internet offers many opportunities to spread propaganda, to attract voters and to network with other supporters.Background
In 2009 and 2010 Clickworker collaborated with the Amadeus Antonio Foundation to combat right-wing extremists on the Internet. The enormous potential and commitment of our clickworkers has made it possible to report a total of 1,100 unique web pages with far-right racist and anti-Semitic content – all within just a few months. This helped to not only get an overview of the far-right political scene on the Internet, but also to activate countermeasures: web pages have been removed and communication strategies for content comparison on the Internet are being developed based on the collected materials from our clickworkers (see also: Clickworker against the radical right – a beginning ).The risk of social networks
Particularly in social networks, supporters of the right-wing scene often remain unidentifiable. These networks manage to introduce mainstream ideologies because right-extremists can creep into regular discussions to move the discourse towards their racist points-of-view. Especially for young people who use social networks as their main communication tools, they come into contact with the extreme-right without consciously realizing it. The fascist scene is represented even within media communities, such as entertainment, music and video portals. For example right-wing extremists reach out to subcultures with right-rock videos. For communication in social networks, it is not the ideology that stands in the foreground, but rather just normal day-to-day interaction. Links to racist or anti-Semitic Internet sites are usually built in subliminally, so it is difficult to identify the extreme right scene. This is exactly where Clickworker comes in.Be active against the extreme right – new edition to the 2009/2010 project
Clickworker has recognized the danger of social networks and now will proceed in a new cooperation with the Amadeu Antonio Foundation. We will rely on the energy and social commitment of our 120,000 clickworkers and have designed a new project, which will search in social networks for right-wing extremist content – specifically looking for links to racist, antisemitic and extreme right-wing websites. Each clickworker participating in the campaign receives a symbolical cent per task – we want to make a social contribution and actively advocate for our community. We hope you’ll help!