Why Are Experts Warning About Extremism In Gaming?
Video games, including those targeted at children, have been the subject of a new phenomenon in extremism.
World of Warcraft, Fortnite, Roblox, Rocket League — these immensely popular games, many with child audiences, have been the subject of a new phenomenon in extremism.
Some critics say online gaming and adjacent chat-based platforms are being used to expose and possibly recruit users to potentially dangerous ideologies.
What remains to be seen is how widespread the problem really is.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, three-fifths of gamers between the ages of 13 and 17 reported experiencing harassment while playing online games. Minority and LGBTQ+ gamers reported higher levels of harassment than their counterparts. Keeping up and detecting those instances of hate speech is not as easy as it sounds. It’s not always clear if and when someone exposed to extremist ideology recognizes it.
Some experts said the games can be used to foster relationships through things like voice chat and in other private conversations.
Others believe extremist ideas can be normalized through the lens of gaming, though there is a lack of conclusive research on the topic.
All of the experts Newsy spoke with said it would take a mixture of civil, governmental and platform enforcement to deal with the problem of any potential extremism.
How are U.S. jobs reports compiled?
The data is based off estimates and not full official counts of the entire labor force, which is now over 160 million strong in the U.S.
Why are single women outnumbering single men in homeownership?
One big factor is that women’s earnings have steadily increased in the past decade.
Why are some citizens protesting in France?
Hundreds of people were arrested in clashes amid some the biggest protests so far against the raising of France's retirement age.
What does Donald Trump's indictment mean for his presidential run?
Scripps News political director Andrew Rafferty explains how an indictment is likely to affect Trump's 2024 presidential bid.
Grand jury votes to indict former President Donald Trump
Donald Trump will be the first former president to face criminal charges. The exact charges in the indictment were not clear.
'Demon' French bulldog finally adopted and appears to be thriving
Ralphie the French bulldog earned a bad reputation, but he has apparently found the perfect owner in Tennessee.