According to a former neo-nazi white supremacist, Christian Picciolini, white extremist groups are targeting players of Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Minecraft. They are using these communities to look for the most vulnerable for easy recruitment. In an extensive Reddit AMA, he mentioned some of the most popular games in the world and how white extremists are using them to put our security and safety at risk.
Active groups from the cult play popular multiplayer games and target young minds. After being grilled for a bit, Picciolini revealed these players co-exist with the marginalized populations supremacists are targeting.
They promised “paradise” to the young ones but that isn’t the most disturbing fact here. Apart from gaming communities, online servers, gaming forums, they are also looking for the mentally disturbed through mental health pages and forums.
We sought marginalized youth and promised them ‘paradise, Today they are using nefarious tactics like going to depression and mental health forums and in multiplayer gaming to recruit those same people. He went on to say that recruiters would subtly drop “benign hints and then ramp up when hooked
In recent times video games have faced scrutiny and criticism from politicians and angry members of the community, blaming video games for inciting violence. While we strongly defend video games against outrageous accusations, at the same time, it is also our responsibility to identify the wolves among us. As we wait for Sony, Microsoft, Steam and other major platforms to take notice, we can not sit back and do nothing. It is best to report any suspicious activity related to white extremists groups in the gaming community.
Gaming addiction is declared as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organization and since these people target the mentally disturbed as well, the gaming communities are a gold mine for their unlawful activities.