Some far-right groups use Fortnite to recruit young people.
A former white supremacist turned peace advocate has confirmed that far-right groups recruit young people on multiplayer games.
Christian Picciolini has a great insight into how these groups use games such as Minecraft, Fortnite, and Call of Duty to lure potential recruits. The shocking claim was made during a Reddit AMA in which Picciolini revealed his past and confirmed what many had worried about.
Previously, the likes of the Guardian have suggested that these white supremacy groups and hate groups have used online games as recruiters. When asked about it on the AMA, Picciolini – who was a former neo-Nazi skinhead wrote:
“Absolutely! We sought marginalised youth and promised them ‘paradise’.” Today they are using nefarious tactics like going to depression and mental health forums and in multiplayer gaming to recruit those same people.
Shockingly, the games that are used to recruit aren’t niche titles, but rather some of the most popular games of all time.
“Fortnite, Minecraft, COD, all of them. Yes, mostly foreign recruiters from Russia and eastern Europe and Poland.”
While Call of Duty has an 18+ rating, Minecraft and Fortnite are popular with young gamers, with their lower ratings. These claims will obviously be worrying for anyone with children who play these games; here are two things you can do to help them avoid these far-right groups.
Turn off in-game voice chat
Easy to do in both games merely go to the audio settings and turn off voice chat.
Get them to use discord or a private party
Discord is an excellent way of connecting with friends on PC and party chat is a good way on a console. However, always get them to make it invite only so only their friends can join.