NEW: Facebook and Instagram are hosting accounts that sell neo-Nazi merchandise to fund far-right extremism.

Facebook was told two years ago and failed to act.

Our breaking research in @ObserverUK. theguardian.com/technology/202…
Facebook and Instagram are allowing neo-Nazis with 80,000 followers to openly sell products featuring:

❌ Symbols of the Nazi SS
❌ Praise for Nazi death squads
❌ Antisemitic imagery
❌ Celebration of racist violence ImageImageImageImage
These neo-Nazi accounts direct Facebook and Instagram users to websites and Telegram channels where even more extreme material is sold.

Products that celebrate Hitler, promote images of racist violence and bear the symbols of far-right extremists are being shipped worldwide. ImageImageImageImage
The network we have exposed is linked to Ukrainian neo-Nazi movements:

1⃣ Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi paramilitary force

2⃣ Misanthropic Division, who are known to have influenced US & UK violent extremists

3⃣ Wotanjugend, a neo-Nazi cult venerating Hitler and Anders Breivik ImageImageImage
Domestic violent extremists on trial for terror offences in the US and UK have both been linked to Misanthropic Division.

These neo-Nazi groups have also recruited US and UK citizens to fight in Ukraine to develop combat experience they can apply at home. counterhate.co.uk/hatebook
As well as @Facebook and @instagram, @telegram and @YouTube host this neo-Nazi network.

Our report also found that @Wix, @GoDaddy, @WordPress, @PayPal and @WesternUnion are powering their storefronts.

They should withdraw their services immediately. counterhate.co.uk/hatebook
Facebook was first told about key elements of this neo-Nazi network in 2018 by the Counter Extremism Project.

Two years on and Facebook has failed to act, allowing violent extremists to keep profiting from their platform.

Read the full report here: counterhate.co.uk/hatebook

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It has to be shut down.
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2/8
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