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dc.contributor.authorBliuc, Ana-Maria
dc.contributor.authorBetts, John M.
dc.contributor.authorFaulkner, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorVergani, Matteo
dc.contributor.authorChow, Rui Jie
dc.contributor.authorIqbal, Muhammad
dc.contributor.authorBest, David
dc.identifier.citationBliuc, A.M., Betts, J.M., Faulkner, N., Vergani, M., Chow, R.J., Iqbal, M. and Best, D., (2020). 'The effects of local socio-political events on group cohesion in online far-right communities'. PloS one, 15(3), pp. 1-18.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, the reach and influence of far-right ideologies have been extended through online communities with devastating effects in the real world. In this research, we examine how far-right online communities can be empowered by socio-political events that are significant to them. Using over 14 years of data extracted from an Australian national sub-forum of a global online white supremacist community, we investigate whether the group cohesion of the community is affected by local race riots. Our analysis shows that the online community, not only became more cohesive after the riots, but was also reinvigorated by highly active new members who joined during the week of the riots or soon after. These changes were maintained over the longer-term, highlighting pervasive ramifications of the local socio-political context for this white supremacist community. Pre-registered analyses of data extracted from other white supremacist online communities (in South Africa and the United Kingdom) show similar effects on some of the indicators of group cohesion, but of reduced magnitude, and not as enduring as the effects found in the context of the Australian far-right online community.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Research Councilen_US
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)en_US
dc.subjectGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biologyen_US
dc.subjectGeneral Agricultural and Biological Sciencesen_US
dc.subjectGeneral Medicineen_US
dc.titleThe effects of local socio-political events on group cohesion in online far-right communitiesen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Dundeeen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMonash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDeakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentVictoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalPLoS ONEen_US
dc.source.journaltitlePLOS ONE

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