A new report from the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), which typically studies the spread of far-right propaganda on social media, suggests that “violent” memes are surging on social media — but this time, from the far-left.
The Washington Post reports that NCRI “warns that some left-wing groups have embraced similar social media tactics, including memes and humorous catchphrases, to spread their messages and possibly help coordinate offline activity,” including violent protests in places like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
The “surge” includes “calls to destroy property and attack [police] officers,” the outlets said.
There have certainly been a number of incidents of protesters-turned-rioters doing both. In Portland, anti-racism and anti-police brutality demonstrations have gone on nightly for more than three months, and many of those protests have turned destructive. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake caused more than $60 million in damages to city property alone.
Chicago’s looters, who have hit the city’s