( CNN) Hate groups that is compatible with neo-Nazism, racism, sexism or homophobia use virtually the same tools as any mainstream advertiser to spread their insidious messages online.
What’s worse, these groups are growing in numbers. For the first time in eight years, dislike groups were found in all 50 nations, according to a report released this year by the Southern Poverty Law Center
. The report also warns that the number of US hate groups has increased 20% since 2014.
Hate groups have transformed parts of the internet into a propaganda battlefield, with potentially deadly outcomes. For instance, 2015’s Charleston massacre
, the so-called “Pizzagate” fake conspiracy tale in 2016
and last year’s violent, racially charged rally and protest in Charlottesville, Virginia
, were all linked to online activities.
Here are five basic routes hate groups use the internet to get their messages out and stir up violence.