Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and the world is still experiencing widespread restrictions on physical movement that has increasingly pushed people into a virtual and online reality. While serving as a crucial platform for the world to stay connected, reliance upon social media has increasingly exposed people to greater vulnerabilities, risks of fake news, and extremist views. Long discussed as a potential enabler for radicalization, traditional and social media provide channels to spread radicalized and extremist ideologies. However, the pandemic’s effects on the levels of radicalization and recruitment are not yet fully understood.
Hear about emerging violent extremism trends in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic around risks of radicalization, emerging means for recruitment, and the role social media plays in spreading ideologist views.