Extremist groups continue to ‘metastasize and recruit’ after Capitol riot: Study

Extremist groups continue to ‘metastasize and recruit’ after Capitol riot: Study

Extremist groups are spreading and expanding across the United States a year after the January 6 insurrection, according to a report.

Following the attack on the Capitol, most far-right groups have reorganized, often with a focus on local-level politics and a developing eco-system of far-right social media, showed the research by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.

They have also adapted their infrastructure, added the analysis which tracked violent domestic extremism and political violence since the riot via news reports and known extremist networks.

It found that domestic extremist groups have recruited and spread their messages through culture-war debates including vaccines, race and education.

The QAnon conspiracy movement and the Proud Boys to militia organizations as well as avowed white nationalists have re-emerged in recent months, frequently trying to bring change at the local level.

They have “made troubling progress by shifting to alternative online platforms, embracing rhetoric to engage more broadly with the mainstream…

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