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Rise in UK use of far-right online forums as anti-Muslim hate increases | World news

Thousands of Britons regularly use online forums that espouse rightwing extremism, it has emerged amid fresh warnings that the UK is facing a “new wave” of anti-Muslim hatred.An indicator of the evolving challenge is the recent move by MI5 to wrest control from the police of investigations into far-right plots that “cross the statutory threshold to be considered terrorism”. The security services are currently investigating potential contact between the Christchurch gunman and rightwing extremists in the UK.Analysis by anti-fascist charity Hope not Hate indicates that huge numbers of Britons are among the global audience for far-right forums – such as Stormfront, the white supremacist website – that spread extremist ideolology.Sara Khan, the UK’s lead anti-extremism commissioner, has pointed to a fresh surge of UK-based far-right activists who are, she says, “organised, professional and actively attempting to recruit”.Khan, who has visited 14 UK towns and cities as she prepares a report on extremism for the home secretary, told the Observer: “I have heard deep concern about the far right and its devastating impact on individuals, communities and our democracy.” A “frightening amount of legal extremist content online” was fuelling far-right activism, she added.The security services, having placed the threat from rightwing extremist ideology on a par with Islamist and Northern Ireland-related terrorism, have said they are investigating “very sharp high-end cases” in relation to the far right.So far, though, they have not revealed how many of the 700 or so live terror plots and 20,000 individuals classified as “closed subjects of concern” – people who have previously been investigated and may pose a future threat – are related to rightwing extremism.However, MI5 said the volume of rightwing cases was “absolutely...

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