U.S. hate groups decline, migrate to online networks
February 2, 2021 - The number of active hate groups in the United States declined for a second straight year in 2020, but levels of hate remained as extremists migrated to online networks, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre.
In its annual report, released on Monday, the SPLC said that it identified 838 active hate groups last year – a decline of 11% from the previous year.
The non-profit civil rights advocacy group said many hate groups have moved to social media platforms and use of encrypted apps, while others have been banned altogether from mainstream social media networks.
White nationalist organisations, a subset of the hate groups listed in the report, declined last year from 155 to 128. Those groups had seen huge growth the previous two years after being energised by Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency, the report said.