Hate and Propaganda

The spread of hate and harassment on social media has become a daily occurrence. Especially in times of crisis, however, conspiracy theories and antisemitic and racist content attract a particularly large audience online. Proponents of such theories and ideologies use crises to exacerbate societal division and polarisation as well as weaken democratic societies and their institutions. They have developed strategies to utilise social media functionalities and their potential for manipulation in order to further their goals.

How do democratically elected governments respond to these developments, what measures do they adopt in doing so? Do they offer appropriate responses to the strategic efforts of these extremist groups, or do they themselves undermine democratic and constitutional principles? Our team provides answers to these questions.

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Book Chapters

  • Albrecht, Stephen, Maik Fielitz. 2020.
    Rechtsterrorismus im digitalen Zeitalter.
    In: Wissen schafft Demokratie: Schwerpunkt Rechtsterrorismus, edited by Matthias Quent, Samuel Salzborn, Axel Salheiser, 176-187. Berlin: Amadeu Antonio Stiftung.
  • Fielitz, Maik. 2020.
    Post-digitale Kulturen der extremen Rechten.
    In: Autoritäre Formierung. Der Durchmarsch von rechts geht weiter, edited by Friedrich Burschel, 105-115. Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
  • Marcks, Holger, Janusz Biene, Daniel Kaiser, Christopher Daase. 2019.
    Escalation through Cooperation: How Transnational Relations Affect Violent Resistance.
    In: Rule and Resistance Beyond the Nation State. Contestation, Escalation, Exit, edited by Felix Anderl, Christopher Daase, Nicole Deitelhoff, Victor Kempf, Jannik Pfister, Philip Wallmeier, 179-200. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Wallmeier, Philip, Maik Fielitz. 2019.
    Withdrawal as Dissident Politics.
    In: Rule and Resistance Beyond the Nation State. Contestation, Escalation, Exit, edited by Felix Anderl, Christopher Daase, Nicole Deitelhoff, Victor Kempf, Jannik Pfister, Philip Wallmeier, 205-219. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield International.

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