The rise of Pepe the Frog is another sign of hate festering online

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The ubiquitous green internet amphibian known as Pepe the Frog has been added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols. It’s yet another sign that neo-Nazi and white nationalist propaganda is proliferating online. 

The Anti-Defamation League’s hate symbols database is crowded with acronyms and photos of tattooed hate symbols, but the group has recently decided to look to the internet to more accurately track the spread of hate messages. 

“Our hate symbol database has sort of traditionally dealt with hate symbols that people might come in contact with in the street or on the ground,” Oren Segal, director of Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, told Mashable. “We realize this year that more people are likely to come across hate symbols every day on their phones or online than necessarily in their neighborhood.” Read more…

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