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In the immediate aftermath of the white nationalist terror attack in Christchurch, NZ, a variety of #FalseFlag conspiracy theories regarding the shootings began circulating on social media.

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We downloaded tweets containing #NewZealand/"New Zealand"/#NewZealandShooting/#NZMosqueShooting and #FalseFlag/"false flag"/#DeepState/"deep state"/#CrisisActor/"crisis actor"/staged/"doesn't add up"/#QAnon in the body of the tweet (as opposed to linked article titles etc.)
This yielded 5329 tweets from 4592 accounts. We then classified the 50 most frequently retweeted accounts into those which promote conspiracy theories about the attack and those which do not. Most of the early tweets are of the conspiracy-pushing ilk; #QAnon turns up frequently.
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1/ A suspect in the deadly #NewZealandShooting posted a manifesto online that includes white nationalist tropes, suggesting he fits into a pattern of recent mass shooters: Young, white and radicalized online.

Reporter @willcarless has some context ...
2/ According to @nytimes, the man, who police identified as Brenton Tarrant, posted his manifesto on Twitter and 8chan ranting about “white genocide” and birth rates.…
3/ @realDonaldTrump invoked this same “white genocide” myth when he tweeted about the murder of South African farmers last October.…
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1) This disturbing, painful attack on #Christchurch mosques is indeed hard to digest, but it is important not to frame this terrorist attack simply as an act of hate. It is the result of a specific, globally reaching ideology—a growing one that has gone largely undeterred
2) Manifesto allegedly of one of the attackers claims no specific movement, but shows NeoNazi inspiration and echoes attackers like Breivik: talk of “ethnic and cultural genocide,” warnings of “invasion” & “anti-white” forces, Neo Nazi-associated black sun symbol, etc.
3) This isn’t just hate, but an emboldened, hate-driven *movement*. Thus, we cannot productively discuss #NewZealandShooting w/o dissecting the "ethno-nationalist peoples" the attacker claims to represent in his manifesto, and the online networks in which they fester and spread.
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1/ I think we all know that if a Muslim had gone into a church and massacred 49 Christians the president would be tweeting non stop, and not using the passive voice ("people died senselessly") and naming Muslim extremism as the culprit, and renewing his call for bans/profiling...
2/ But when a white racist massacres Muslims, or a white racist massacres Jews (In Pittsburgh), he offers prayers and generic condemnations, with no reference to the hateful ideology at the root of the violence. The enemy is white supremacist/nationalist ideology...
3/ The enemy is white racism. The enemy are those who ascribe to this thinking. It is white racists who massacred churchgoers in Charleston, Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin, Jews in PA, and now Muslims in this #NewZealandShooting in #Christchurch...
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The mosque shooter in #ChristChurch New Zealand was clearly driven by hate & religious belief.
But when Islamic terrorists mow down people why is that explained by them being "oppressed" or "deprived" or "Babri" or "Kashmir" rather than being driven by hate and religious belief?
There is no Whataboutery. It a result of indoctrination from exclusive totalitarian religion. I condemn it now and every day.
The #ChristChurch #NewZealandShooting is not "Islamophobia." It is driven by exclusive totalitarian Christianity just as Islamic terror is driven by exclusive totalitarian Islam. It is phobia of all other "unbelievers."
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Two mosques attacked in New Zealand by gunmen with 'a number of fatalities' as police arrest four suspects - 3 men and a woman.

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Two mosques have been attacked in New Zealand by gunmen resulting in a 'number of fatalities'. Police have arrested four suspects - 3 men and a woman.

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Many dead after gunmen attack 2 mosques in New Zealand's city of Christchurch
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