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Corrupting Sounds: Abuse Of Podcast Streaming Services

Similar to many online services, podcasting platforms are widely used by dangerous, extremist and otherwise questionable groups and movements. While platforms attempt to be vigilant about removing this harmful content, dangerous groups and individuals constantly seek ways to remain on public forums, causing them to try various methods, reaching some levels of success. In order to stay on top of this behavior, platforms must acquire expertise on group behaviors, as well as gain group visibility across platforms on the clear, deep and dark web.

ActiveFence has detected several podcasts that belong to terror and hate groups across mainstream podcasting platform. This report provides a review of groups and tactics used to remain on major as well as smaller podcasting platforms.

Portrait of Gideon Freud, author on the ActiveFence blog
Gideon Freud

Gideon is a Senior Intelligence Writer at ActiveFence. He graduated from Oxford University in 2012, where he studied social and cultural anthropology with a special focus on the growth of political extremism in Europe. He joined ActiveFence in January 2021, and is interested in researching the development of national laws focused on regulating online activities.