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‘Fortnite’ is used by white supremacists to recruit children, ex-neo-Nazi reveals

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Extreme right-wing groups are using online games such as ‘Fortnite’ radicalize children and recruit them into their organizations, according to a reformed neo-Nazis.

Speaking about his time as a “white supremacist leader”, ” skinhead turned peace activist, Christian Picciolini explained how his group “wanted young people and promised that their ‘paradise’.”

Answer the questions of readers on the Internet forum Reddit, Picciolini made it clear that this still happens today, by means of a “nefarious tactics such as the go to depression and mental health forums, and in multiplayer gaming, to recruit the same people.”

“They are benign hints and then increase as addicted,” he explained. In a number of games of these tips can start by talking about how some in-game races are superior to others, for example, and go from there to drawing real-world parallels’.

 

When asked what games these groups, Picciolini said: “Fortnite, Minecraft, COD, all of them.”

The people who are involved in the recruitment in these games are “mostly foreign recruiters from Russia and eastern Europe,” says Picciolini. These international initiatives are “somewhat” coordinated,” he says.

A lot of pony gaming-related groups are bound to the far-right, with the misogynistic ‘gamergate’ movement is the most well known thanks to his ties with the alt-right.

It is also not Fortnite, the first brush with the Nazi controversy. Developer Epic Games was forced into action last week, when players discovered some of the game tiles are included swastikas.

 

It is not the first time that the internet or online gaming is involved in such a radicalisation. ISIS was found to be using an app spelling to radicalize British children last year and extremists targeted kids as young as 14 using YouTube with a message that the jihad was better than football.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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