‘Demonic Slappers’ and ‘Fascists’? Exploring Extreme British Anti-abortion Activism on Facebook

Mark Littler

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A significant proportion of the academic literature on extremism online has sought to address its use as a tool for radicalisation and mobilisation by extreme Islamic groups. In so doing, the research neglects the significant, long-established—and growing—threat posed by extremist Christian groups, some of whom are amongst the most well-established—and sophisticated—users of digital technologies as tools for recruitment and organisation.

Focusing on violent Christian groups, and the activities of anti-abortion activists in particular, this chapter seeks to offer an overview of the use of the internet by these groups that identifies not just common patterns of usage that are shared with other extremist groups but also the novel elements of their use of digital technologies alongside a discussion of the risks and policy implications this suggests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Extremisms
Subtitle of host publicationReadings in Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism in the Online Space'
EditorsMark Littler, Benjamin Lee
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, London
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030301385
ISBN (Print)9783030301378, 9783030301408
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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