Video-game chats ‘used to spread hate’

Extremists are using gaming platforms to push antisemitic, racist, and homophobic rhetoric, according to BBC Click.

According to the programme, people are using platforms such as DLive and Odysee, where users chat about games like Call of Duty and Minecraft, to spread hate online.

Campaigners told the BBC that including extremist narratives among everyday conversations can be a pathway to radicalisation, where chats move onto other platforms like private Telegram channels.

"Once you're in that world, then the radicalisation starts to happen," Joe Mulhall, of anti-fascist organisation Hope Not Hate, told the broadcaster. "That's when you start to go to other meetings, to smaller groups that aren't necessarily playing games, talking about politics more explicitly."

Telegram told BBC News it used a "combination of proactive monitoring of public spaces and user reports" to get rid of content that breaches its rules. DLive and Odysee did not respond to requests for comment from the broadcaster.

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