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The "Intellectual Dark Web" is a neologism coined by economist Eric Weinstein to refer to a group of (mostly right-wing and centrist) pundits, media producers, academics, and so on.

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After Sargon of Akkad was banned from Patreon, Rubin, Peterson and Harris left Patreon in protest.[2] Since then, Rubin and Peterson have suggested creating a Patreon equivalent.[3]

A Gateway to Alt-Right Radicalization[edit]

In 2019 a study from the UFMG found the Intellectual Dark Web's Youtube channels were a gateway from the "alt-lite" to alt-right radicalization. The study looked at over 331,000 videos that an algorithim had classified as right-wing, and analyzed 79 million Youtube comments. A large number of those users who had posted comments on IDW channels later migrated to leaving comments on more radical Youtube channels. As Ribeiro puts it, “there is migration among users from the Alt-lite and the I.D.W. to the Alt-right,” confirming that less extreme right-wing content did indeed serve as a gateway of sorts for radicalization. [4]

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