Examining Online Indicators of Extremism in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

Although many law enforcement and intelligence agencies are concerned about online communities known to facilitate violent right-wing extremism, little is empirically known about the presence of extremist ideologies, expressed grievances, or violent mobilization efforts that make up these spaces. In this study, we conducted a content analysis of a sample of postings from two of the most conspicuous right-wing extremist forums known for facilitating violent extremism, Iron March and Fascist Forge. We identified a number of noteworthy posting patterns within and across forums that may assist law enforcement and intelligence agencies in identifying credible threats online.


Ryan Scrivens, Amanda Isabel Osuna, Steven M. Chermak, Michael A. Whitney, Richard Frank


Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

March 2021