This has been an interesting week.
As part of an official agency we started an experiment for research and educational purposes a week ago.
This research is related to the pattens of discussion in connection specifically with the way people resort to established, well patterned, predictable and repeated tactics and methods to support alleged claims that ethnicity or religion are to blame for unrelated points of view and to produce research for other agencies and official bodies and to assist with education on how such discussions can be managed.
We chose this particular site from a possible selective list of sites where we were informed there was activity taking place regularly in relation to the issues we wanted to analyse. We carried out historical analysis on the subject matter of this site and planned ahead points we could raise to drive the analysis that would connect people who would be interested in commenting on the subject matter.
The discussion was started just over a week ago by us in relation to whether the running of a mass gathering and attendance at a mass gathering was responsible in relation to a global health emergency and when scientific guidance was to be socially distant. We wanted to see how easily and quickly this discussion was moved by those on the site into the themes of the research and that didn't take long.
We allowed people to move that discussion in whatever way they chose and two or three individuals in particular moved that discussion into various topics which ranged from the failure of globalisation and the need for permanent closed borders, through the death of English culture even though there was little provided by said people as to what that culture consisted of in their minds, and then they moved the discussion into the dangers of living in the UK today because of Muslims and Black people and drifted many times into other side opinions such as the allegation that Nelson Mandela was responsible for planting bombs that killed people even though logically with regard to the timeline this would have been impossible since he was in prison when these bombs went off.
There was also a move into a lengthy history of the IRA and a discussion on knife crime and allegations/opinions on who were responsible for all of this crime contrary to actual official statistics. Throughout many of these discussions when official links and statistics were provided the pattern consistently was to say that they were "fiddled" and that the "fiddling" of statistics and facts was official policy in government departments and crime agencies. The use of conspiracy theory to justify agendas was a prevalent tactic.
Our aim was to keep it as realistic as possible with regard to our responses although we tried to avoid offensive personal language.
Another analysis was in connection with the language used and often throughout these discussions the people involved on this site used offensive racially targeted language that would be against the controls of hate crime legislation within the UK and this never seemed to be challenged by moderators or anyone else on the site.
This brings an end to our research and educational exercise and thank you for being a part of it. Our researchers and educational students all joined in with the exercise and it has been significantly useful for us and will provide a helpful contribution for future work. Once the research has been fully analysed and reported on this will be shared with other agencies.
The more I think about this...the more this sounds like complete bullshit. You need help.