Virtual radicalization? The use of social media in the right-wing and Salafist-jihadist spectrum and indications for acts of violence
Radical opinions are gaining traction in many European states, including Germany. Also the willingness to use physical violence has increased recently. This becomes especially apparent in the Salafist-jihadist and right-wing spectrum where the growing potential for violence manifests in a series of violent acts and attacks.
Political and religious radicalization processes have evolved as everyday phenomena and are debated controversially in media, politics and society. Still, not much is known about the favorable conditions that might enable these radicalization processes. This particularly applies to the role of social media. According to the current state of research, it is unclear whether and which indications for violent acts can be found online and/ or in the real world.
With her dissertation project, Manjana Sold focusses on the use of social media during radicalization processes and aims to examine how indications for actual acts of violence can be (fore)seen in social media.