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

Security services and anti-fascist groups warn that today’s extremists are organised and recruiting

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.

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