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Rightpedia

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Rightpedia
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Available inEnglish, Hungarian
OwnerEleonóra Dubiczki, Hungary
Websiterightpedia.info
Alexa rankIncrease 261,856 (April 2018)[1]
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional (required only for editing), via e-mail
LaunchedJanuary 2015; 6 years ago (2015-01)
Current statusActive
Content license
GNU Free Documentation License 1.3

Rightpedia is a neo-Nazi, white supremacist, alt-right electronic encyclopedia which contains extreme anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and attacks on Jewish people.[2] The website doxes and harasses left-wing politicians and anti-fascists in the style of the far-right Redwatch.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Rightpedia was founded in January 2015 by ex-Metapedia admins,[3] who felt Metapedia wasn't extreme enough in its racism or offensiveness; one of the co-founders of Rightpedia Michael Coombs (posting under the pseudonym Mikemikev) has since claimed: "Metapedia has gone soft to conform to Swedish 'hate speech' laws. Rightpedia is where it's at."[4][non-primary source needed]

Like The Daily Stormer, Rightpedia has had a history of problems finding site hosting. Originally hosted by Orain as "Rightwiki",[5][unreliable source?] in June 2015 there were complaints about libellous articles Michael Coombs was creating on anti-racist and civil rights campaigners, resulting in steward action, removing the defamatory content.[6][non-primary source needed] Orain was later hacked, forcing Rightpedia to find a new host. In September 2015, Rightpedia was rejected hosting by Mireheze a free, non-profit wiki; a steward noted "the wiki seems to be simply supporting neo-Nazism and the ideals of the Nazi party" and declined hosting.[7][non-primary source needed] In October 2015, Rightpedia was briefly hosted by MW Zip's wikis, but it was removed after a complaint was made about "anti-Semitic and potentially libellous content" that violates MW Zip's Acceptable Use Policy.[8][non-primary source needed] Rightpedia then purchased hosting from GoDaddy.[9][unreliable source?]

Content[edit]

According to the website Hate Speech Watch: "The content [on Rightpedia] is predictably racist and intensely anti-Semitic".[10]

Although Metapedia shares the same white nationalism ideology of Rightpedia, the latter is different in its approach in that whereas Metapedia attempts to present itself as an encyclopedia in tone and content, Rightpedia is more similar to The Daily Stormer in its tone and content. It uses alt-right internet memes and terminology, publishes fake news stories and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, engages in racist trolling, doxes and smears left-wing politicians, as well as anti-racist activists (e.g. Nick Lowles).[citation needed]

Rightpedia has articles that criticize Metapedia, Conservapedia, Wikipedia and RationalWiki. Although created by ex-Metapedia admins, Rightpedia's criticism of Metapedia is that it is not racist enough and accuses the current administration for being "Zionist" as part of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. The current admins from Rightpedia (including Michael Coombs) and Metapedia have debated each other on the white nationalist forum Stormfront, both accusing each other of wrongdoing in a thread that was eventually locked.[11][unreliable source?]

Mikemikev[edit]

In response to Michael Coombs doxing and posting malicious falsehoods about people on Rightpedia, legal complaints have been sent to Google to deindex articles for defamation.[12][non-primary source needed] Michael Coombs (who posts online as Mikemikev) has been banned on RationalWiki and Wikipedia on hundreds of sockpuppets.[13][non-primary source needed] He has since created smear articles about the admins from these wikis who banned him, including doxing their personal home addresses and family members. The SPLC in their article on Rightpedia note: "One of the white nationalists [Mikemikev] who co-founded Rightpedia, a far-right free encyclopedia that split from Metapedia, created more than 140 accounts in the past 10 years."[14]

References[edit]

  1. "Rightpedia.info Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. Kestenbaum, Sam. ‘Counter-Semite’: the Latest in White Nationalist Rebranding. The Forward. 14 Dec 2016.
  3. Ward, Justin. Wikipedia wars: inside the fight against far-right editors, vandals and sock puppets. Southern Poverty Law Center. 12 Mar 2018.
  4. Mikemikev. Twitter. 7 Mar 2018.
  5. Orain hosts white supremacist wiki. Wikipediocracy. 19 Jan 2015.
  6. Rightwiki talk:Community portal (Notice of local steward action). Archive.is.
  7. Meraheze Stewards' noticeboard.
  8. Right.mwzip.com is hosting anti-Semitic content. Archive.is.
  9. Whoishostingthis: en.rightpedia.info. Archive.is.
  10. Hate Speech Watch: Rightpedia. 4 March 2017.
  11. Metapedia admins banned. Stormfront. 12 Jan 2015.
  12. Defamation Complaint to Google: Rightpedia. Lumen.
  13. Wikipedia: Sockpuppet Investigations/Mikemikev.
  14. Wikipedia wars... Sock puppeting. Southern Poverty Law Center. 12 Mar 2018.


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