Across the United States, there has been a growth in organizations that portray Islam as a threat. The number of groups that make up what’s become known as the Islamophobia industry more than tripled between 2016-18.
The investigation reveals the tactics these groups use to instigate a fear of Islam, including how they manipulate social media to create a false narrative that Muslims are trying to take over the country. Anti-Muslim messages proliferate social media with bought-in followers, fake accounts and robotic amplifiers.
The investigation also shows how these organizations try to suppress the rise of a Muslim political voice in America. It uncovers the “dark money” that has fuelled the rapid growth of Islamophobia Inc. – tens of millions of dollars thyat is funneled through secretive, anonymous donor funds.
14 May 2018
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveals tactics used by anti-Muslim organisations to instigate a fear of Islam.