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Instagram is a hotbed for white supremacist messaging, extremism and hateful content, according to new...

Instagram is a hotbed for white supremacist messaging, extremism and hateful content, according to new research from the Anti-Defamation League.
Researchers with the ADL’s Center for Extremism found hundreds of accounts sharing white supremacist and neo-Nazi content, including posts from members of the Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi group pushing for a race war in order to prevent what they see as the cultural displacement of the white race.
The accounts share Nazi imagery, including Swastikas, and hateful messages showing people burning the LGBT pride flag, and propaganda promoting a war, according to the study.
The public accounts can have up to ten thousand followers, and many of them appear connected, ADL said.
“When looking at the publicly available network of these accounts, it becomes clear that they are not random blips of extremist content but are part of a cohesive community,” the study reads. “Many of these pages are connected to one other, following and being followed by each other.”
Hateful, violent and racist content has long proliferated on social media.
Instagram, which is most popular among younger adults and teenagers, in particular has struggled to rein in hate speech along with its owner, Facebook, despite banning speech that encourages violence or targets groups for their race, gender, sex or other unique characteristics.
In renewed efforts announced this year, Instagram said it would roll out features to filter offensive messaging and also announced its “Hidden Words” feature, which allows people to filter out “abusive” direct messaging requests.
But the ADL study published Friday shows many hateful and extreme accounts are still active on the platform. 
“These accounts — and the community around them — illustrate a challenge facing social media platforms: How best to guard against extremists using mainstream platforms as an entry point to engage with the public?” the ADL wrote.
In a February blog post, Instagram argued it was doing everything possible to stop the spread of hate speech.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to fight hate and racism on our platform, but we also know these problems are bigger than us,” read.
The Hill has reached out to Instagram and the ADL for comment.

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