More than 35,000 messages from the “Charlottesville 2.0” forum were shared by Unicorn Riot, a cache far exceeding the individual screenshots previously published by Unicorn Riot and reported on by other media outlets.An analysis of the 10 weeks of communications paints the picture of a gradually coalescing movement well aware its actions would almost certainly trigger fierce and violent clashes with counterprotesters.An analysis of all the links posted to the Discord server showed that, outside of sharing information from mainstream platforms like You Tube, Facebook and Airbnb, the most commonly shared site was Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi hub.The prevalence of links to the Daily Stormer shows just how influential the site is in the white supremacist ecosystem.When Nazi images intermingled with Confederate flags during the rally, some Charlottesville 2.0 participants seemed disappointed they weren’t able to keep their group swastika-free.“Welp one group decided to bring swastika flags because I saw multiple on streams,” wrote one user.
Keeping these particular symbols of white supremacy out of sight at the rally was part of a strategy to win more followers.
Reveal could not independently verify the authenticity of the messages.
A representative from Unicorn Riot, a media outlet that has been has been deeply critical of far-right movements, said that he had seen white supremacist chat rooms in the Discord app while participants were still actively chatting.
The server used to plan the Unite the Right rally, Charlottesville 2.0, had hundreds of users by the time it was shut down shortly after the event.
But it remained active during the rally, with more than 1,600 messages posted to its most popular chat room on the day of the event.