These Far-right Nationalists Didn’t Like What They Read Online About World War II – So They Rewrote History

A recent probe by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reveals major historical revisionism by far-right forces in its Croatian and Serbian versions. But it also exposes the dangerous overlap between nationalism and disinformation online

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Ustasha guards robbing prisoners in Jasenovac camp during World War II.
Ustasha guards robbing prisoners in Jasenovac camp during World War II.Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial
Omer Benjakob
Omer Benjakob
Omer Benjakob
Omer Benjakob

An investigation ordered by the nonprofit behind Wikipedia has revealed a massive disinformation effort on one or more of the online encyclopedia’s non-English versions, highlighting how far-right politics uses deception to create a toxic online ecosystem, with the targets usually topics such as World War II and the Holocaust.

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