Social media's 'outrage machine' abets terrorism

Social media allows extremist ideas to take root in people and then amplifies the acts of terrorists. This menace has to be reined in.

By now, a flood of information has emerged about Brenton Tarrant, the Australian accused of murdering at least 50 people in a mass shooting in New Zealand last Friday.

What is most disturbing - apart from the carnage itself - is the story of Tarrant's transformation into a terrorist and how the forces that enabled this process continue to thrive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2019, with the headline 'Social media's 'outrage machine' abets terrorism'. Print Edition | Subscribe