Brandenburg Interior Minister warns against the spread of far right and antisemitic conspiracy theories

The Brandenburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution warns against the spread of right-wing extremist propaganda via the messenger service Telegram and the social network Tiktok.

Corona deniers related to Brandenburg had spread conspiracy myths and false news about the corona virus and vaccinations on Telegram, according to a preliminary report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution on cyber extremism. In the social network Tiktok, which is particularly popular with young people, the intelligence officers observed postings with anti-Semitic and racist content.

“The Internet is increasingly becoming the central field of agitation for extremists,” said Interior Minister Michael Stübgen ( CDU ). “The corresponding propaganda and related criminal offenses accumulate there.”

“The Office for the Protection of the Constitution is facing up to this threat and is making an important contribution to protecting our democracy.”

The interior ministry said that antisemitic and extremist messages were spread across social media and often only recognized at second glance.

“With this tactic, extremists want to lure young people and children in particular, for example on Tiktok,” the ministry said. “And they should be encouraged to spread such postings among their friends and acquaintances.” The goal is a gradual radicalization of the recipients.

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