Teen Charged in Online Swatting Ring Linked to Neo-Nazis

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January 16, 2020


With the assistance of ADL’s Center on Extremism, an alleged neo-Nazi was arrested on Friday for his apparent role in a nationwide swatting campaign. In testimony before a House subcommittee, ADL’s CEO urged Congress to take action to curb online hate speech, if the social media companies continue to fail to do so. In an effort to label Democrats as sympathetic toward Iran, President Trump retweeted an Islamophobic and doctored image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wearing Islamic head coverings and standing in front of the Iranian flag.

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1. Teen Charged in Online swatting Ring Feds Link to Neo-Nazis

“The Anti-Defamation League, which said its Center on Extremism partnered with law enforcement to review Kelley’s online activity, said it uncovered multiple social media posts from accounts apparently linked to Kelley that espouses racist and anti-Semitic beliefs.” CBS News: READ MORE

+ Read about ADL’s involvement in the case
+ ADL Resource: Atomwaffen Divsion

2. ADL Tells Congress to Curb Online Hate Speech if Social Media Giants Won’t

“Greenblatt encouraged passage of the Online Safety Modernization Act, which would ramp up enforcement of and toughen the penalties for online harassment and cyber crimes. He acknowledged that Facebook, Twitter and Reddit have recently implemented more regulations, but said they hadn’t gone far enough to stamp out anti-Semitic vitriol on their platforms.” The Times of Israel: FULL STORY

+ WATCH: Jonathan Greenblatt’s testimony before a House subcommittee on the rise domestic terrorism
+ READ: George Selim’s testimony before a House committee on the financing of domestic terrorism

3. Trump amplifies incendiary tweets about Nancy Pelosi After Her Comments on Iran Protests

“One of them, a fake photo of Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) wearing photoshopped Islamic head coverings and standing in front of the Iranian flag, drew swift condemnation.’” The Washington Post: FULL STORY

+ Greenblatt tweet: “#Islamophobia is offensive & unbecoming of any leader, let alone @POTUS”
­+ READ: ADL Slams Trump for Islamophobia After Retweeting Fake Image of Pelosi in Hijab -- Haaretz