Despite years of strict moderation from major social networks, the “incel” community remains as influential as it was in 2014, when a 22-year-old Englishman murdered seven people on the streets of Isla Vista, California, out of misogyny.
The murders were a chilling parallel to the shootings in Plymouth last week. Both killers were extremists on social media, posting widely about their misogyny and feelings of hopelessness over their lack of sexuality.
But in the years since 2014, all the major social networks have worked against the movement. Reddit, once home to some of the internet’s largest communities, has spent much of the past two years enforcing previously loosely enforced policies.