In this paper we examine how offline protests attended by members of the Australian far-right shape online interactions. Tweets about the 2019 St Kilda beach rally were collected. Users were manually classified as supporters (n = 104) or opponents of the rally (n = 872). Network analysis demonstrated that interactions between the two groups increased at the time of the rally. Natural language processing showed that both groups became angrier and used more “othering” language during the rally. However, there were stark differences in the moral worldviews, highlighting the very different moral positions that underpin engagement with, and opposition to, the far-right agenda.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Studies in Conflict and Terrorism|
|Early online date||13 Mar 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 13 Mar 2022|
- Online interactions
- Right-wing extremism
- Social media