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4chan trolling turned the OK sign into a symbol of hate

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This is why we can’t have OK things. 

The Anti-Defamation League has added the hand gesture for “OK” to its database of hate symbols, after sites like 4chan and 8chan began associating it with white supremacy. 

It started out as a trolling tactic by the far right to discredit progressive figures and get a rise out of social media users, but has recently been used by actual white supremacists.

Know Your Meme reports that while the symbol’s origins are innocuous, it’s developed a double meaning over the last four years. In 2015, Viner Pizza Party Ben made a vine of himself making that gesture and captioned it: “White guys be like.” During the 2016 presidential election, he and far-right furry Milo Yiannopolous were spotted making the OK symbol at Trump rallies. Other conservative internet personalities began making the gesture in support of Donald Trump.  Read more…

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Cloudflare announces termination of 8chan’s service

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Cloudflare has announced that it will terminate its protection of 8chan after the forum site was linked to another mass shooting over the weekend, tying the site’s “lawlessness” directly to “multiple tragic deaths.”

Pressure had mounted on the company to cease its service to 8chan, arguing that it enabled the spread of violent white supremacist rhetoric and the celebration of perpetrators of massacres. Manifestos or open letters by shooters including those responsible for the Christchurch, Poway, and El Paso shootings, all of which occurred in 2019, have been hosted on the mostly-unmoderated forums. Read more…

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Protester hugs a Nazi and asks ‘Why do you hate me?’

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The age-old debate: Should you punch a Nazi? 

Here’s a new one: Should you hug one? Probably not, but a protester outside white supremacist Richard Spencer’s failed speech in Gainesville, Florida this week tried the tactic. 

High school football coach Aaron Courtney approached Randy Furniss, who was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with swastikas and had been punched earlier. 

A man wearing swastikas is punched at a protest against white nationalist #RichardSpencer https://t.co/NQx2rLelNW #SpenceratUF📷:Brian Blanco pic.twitter.com/DuK6b8VmIX

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4chan's trumpist trolls are exploiting the Ghost Ship fire to narc out other DIY venues

A thread on 4chan’s trollish /pol/ board has organized trumpist white-supremacist/alt-right types to find unlicensed venues and spaces and narc them out to city authorities in a bid to shut them down, because they serve as “open hotbeds of liberal radicalism and degeneracy…These places hold Black Lives Matter meetings. These places plan protests that disrupt our cities. These places illegally house our enemies.”
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