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Government terrorist group bans ‘not effective’

Security experts have warned that new neo-Nazi terrorist groups will emerge as current government bans are ‘not effective’.

Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) became the sixth far-right network to be proscribed as a terrorist group by the UK earlier this month. However, experts have claimed that the model of encrypted chats online made it easy for extremists to ‘evolve’ and move to new networks not covered by the government’s ban. This is because it is too easy for groups to ‘mutate’ online, making traditional measures like proscription redundant.

Patrik Hermansson, a researcher at Hope Not Hate, told The Independent: “We will see new names, new groups. FKD have been shut down for months and it’s done very little to stop them. Many have never met each other in real life, they’re from different countries, it’s complicated to prosecute.”

Raffaello Pantucci, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), likened it to a ‘floating mass of people who coalesce online around a Telegram [encrypted chat] group’.

Allegedly started by a 13-year-old Estonian boy in 2018, FKD members spanned more than a dozen countries and few met in person. The group announced its own dissolution in February and the Home Office admitted that members remain active through other channels.

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