The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a granting program to prevent “targeted violence and terrorism.”
Thirty-four grants totaling $20 million were announced during fiscal year 2023.
One grant recipient, Arizona State University, was given $659,327 for a program called “Diverting Hate.”
“Violent misogyny is amplified by social media algorithms designed for engagement,” reads a description of the program. “This results in radicalization of men and violence against women. Men must be diverted away from these narratives and toward protective factors to prevent gender-based violence.”
“Specifically, we are seeking the outcome of increased skills in identifying and avoiding narratives related to recruitment and mobilization to violence. With the support of the TVTP grant, we will apply our methodology to reach a minimum of 700,000 men within this potential pipeline,” the documents describing the grant state.
The program was developed to “prevent an uncommitted population of young men from falling down misogynistic rabbit holes.”
“We study the ways in which radicalization proliferates online and prevention methods to help individuals build resiliency,” the documents read. “Through shared experiences, we developed Diverting Hate because we know there are brighter paths for all of us.”
In a section called the “Logic Model,” the authors write, “We study the ways in which radicalization proliferates online and prevention methods to help individuals build resiliency. Through shared experiences, we developed Diverting Hate because we know there are brighter paths for all of us.”
“In the short-term, our activities and outputs will lead to a deeper understanding of the Incel community and the manosphere on Twitter at large, including narratives, key influencers, and significant events,” the documents add.