Violent extremism online

With digitalisation, different thought patterns and ideologies have garnered more and
more publicity. Digital channels are used by organisations and individuals that support
extreme ideologies, who utilise online platforms to, among other things, recruit, disseminate propaganda as well as manipulate.

Particularly young people, who are forming their own identities, are susceptible to online recruitment. Myriad viewpoints and opinions are easily available online, which can drive people into the depths of scams, lies, and disinformation. One can also stumble upon individuals who incite negative stereotypes and thus aim to increase confrontation between different groups.

Save the Children’s work on prevention of violent extremism examines the role of online environments and social media in spreading extremist ideologies and movements.