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Neo-Nazis increase online social network activity for new recruits

DDP/The Local · 8 Apr 2010, 08:55

Published: 08 Apr 2010 08:55 GMT+02:00

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Neo-Nazis are using sites like Facebook, and similar German sites such as SchülerVZ, StudiVZ, Wer-kennt-wen and StayFriends to find new recruits, head of the agency Hans Wargel told daily Die Welt.

The danger is that many young people are unable to recognise propaganda and attempts at indoctrination from these groups at first glance, he said, explaining that instead of blatant symbols such as swastikas, many are using graffiti and other less-recognisable imagery from youth culture.

“The right-wing extremists appear as a wolf in sheep’s clothing online,” he told the paper. “At first they seem very harmless, and try to surreptitiously gain the trust of other users.”

The tactic is new for these groups, he added, referring to a newspaper for the neo-Nazi NPD party called Deutsche Stimme, which recently encouraged its members to appear on online forums as people with humour, hobbies, and serious cultural interests.

They were also told not to openly identify with the NPD and its ideology, he said.

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Your comments about this article

10:29 April 8, 2010 by moreanon
Do they stand in shaven-headed groups as they type?
20:04 April 8, 2010 by wxman
Gotta love those haircuts! You don't see that too much over here, except in San Fransisco bath houses.
01:19 April 9, 2010 by Prufrock2010
"The tactic is new for these groups, he added, referring to a newspaper for the neo-Nazi NPD party called Deutsche Stimme, which recently encouraged its members to appear on online forums as people with humour, hobbies, and serious cultural interests."

That could explain the proliferation of right wing rants on other threads here by people pretending to be Americans. Except for the humor, of course.
06:48 April 9, 2010 by Thames
Why neo-nazi?

Weren't the original Nazi were bad enough?
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