Expanding the Nationalist Echo-Chamber into the Mainstream: Swedish Anti-Immigration Activity on Twitter, 2010-2013

Blogs, social media, and search engines have democratized information seekers and providers. However, the same affordances of the Internet have also contributed to resurgence and transformation of far-right and racist communities. Despite a growing number of studies of far-right communities, little attention has so far been paid to the mechanisms through which far-right and racist ideologies are presented to the wider public. This paper contributes to this field of research with a longitudinal study of Swedish anti-immigration activity on Twitter between 2010 and 2013. Results are placed in a larger context provided by additional data from blogs and related studies.

Tags: Extreme Right, Hate Speech, Social Media, Twitter