U.S. Intel Officials Eyed DLive as Recruitment Vehicle for Neo-Nazis Targeting Young Gamers - 2021-07-21
Growing interest among a host of violent extremists in a lesser-known livestreaming app—one that's largely geared toward younger gamers—prompted U.S. intelligence officials in January to circulate warnings to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies only days after the violent siege at the U.S. Capitol.
Analysts charged with keeping tabs on violent extremist organizations warned of streaming service DLive's rising popularity for "recruitment and propaganda distribution," while pointing to the app's use by pro-Trump insurrectionists who breached deep inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
On Jan. 15, federal and state officials in San Diego and Central Florida issued a joint intelligence bulletin, saying a host of far-right personalities known for their violent rhetoric were likely drawn to DLive after being banned from mainstream sites such as YouTube. The ability to fundraise using DLive's micropayment system was likely a key factor.