June 4, 2016
The shuttening continues, with a relatively obscure shut down.
Earlier this week, Mic reported that members of the alt-right had created a Google Chrome extension which surrounded the names of people suspected of being Jewish with “echo” parenthesis. For example, Bryan (((Menegus))). The extension, named Coincidence Detector, has now been banned from the Chrome store.
Does this not directly imply that Jews are afraid of being identified as Jews?
If that is not the implication, then why was it banned?
Prior to being banned, the extension had approximately 2,500 users who had compiled a list of nearly 8,800 names, and were known to use it as a resource for coordinating online attacks against those people. That list also included the names of some organizations, like the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The echo parenthesis was birthed in a digital cesspool called The Right Stuff, which describes itself on Twitter as “Home of Rightwing trolls, offensive memes, and dissident political commentary.”
Now they’re going to be describing themselves as “a digital cesspool.”
The echo is part of an ongoing “joke” that the names of Jews “echoed” through history—implying that members of the faith had catastrophic impacts on the world at large. Its use later spread to similar sites like Daily Stormer and Ironmarch. The alt right encompasses a nebulous swath of internet users—the hyper-libertarian free speech activist, the shitposting troll, the genuine bigot—where the levels of idealogical crossover and discourse make it difficult to tell what’s intended as provocation and what’s legitimate hate speech.
Because of both the relatively small number of people using the extension, and the inherent search unfriendliness of punctuation, this bizarre form of anti-semitism continued unchecked for some time. Apologists claim the echo’s purpose is for “highlighting the massively high levels of Jewish Privilege & Power” while Engadget likened it to the gold star badges Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi’s reign in Germany.
The extension itself was removed earlier today from the Chrome store for violating its hate speech policy. Google declined to comment more specifically on this or any similar situations.
Users on 8Chan claim Google’s takedown also won’t stop a sideloadable version from existing again soon, which seems founded by a tweet from The Right Stuff. Unfortunately, for a subculture that exists in the backwaters of the internet, a slap on the wrist from one giant corporation isn’t enough to slow their agenda.
Are there subcultures which exist anywhere which will have their agendas slowed by a slap on the wrist from a giant corporation?
What a stupid sentence.
Does Gizmodo have editors?
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