Travelling tokens: Following extreme terms from 4chan/pol/ to Breitbart

Research output: Working paper


Over the last decade, a diverse and increasingly influential far-right online media sphere has emerged. This has raised concerns that parts of this sphere may function as incubators for radicalization. In our research, we found that this indeed seems to be the case. Racist or otherwise extreme vernacular of the vitriolic “politically incorrect” sub-forum of 4chan was later used in the comment section of Breitbart News, a right-wing news website that was found in earlier research to have played a significant ‘agenda-setting’ role in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. This suggests that this extreme discourse is indeed becoming more mainstream.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020

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