Early online support for Boogaloo Boys followed similar pattern of ISIS, study suggests

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May 24, 2021

A new study from George Washington University suggests that early online support for the extremist group the Boogaloos, also known as the Boogaloo Boys or "Bois", followed a similar mathematical pattern as that of the Islamic State, despite the stark differences in ideology, location and culture.

The Boogaloos, one of the groups who took part in the Jan. 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, is a loosely affiliated pro-gun rights movement that wants a second civil war in America, and often aligns itself with far-right and white nationalist movements.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports last week, compared the growth of the Boogaloo movement, which is mostly based in the U.S., to online support for ISIS, the terrorist group mostly based in the Middle East.

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