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Fashtag is a hoax orchestrated by members of 4chan's and 8chan's /pol/ boards attempting to trick people into thinking the "hashtag": is an alt-right hate symbol as part of a campaign known as "Operation Bash the Hash."
On April 6th, 2019, Steam Community  user FunkyMunkyAus posted a photoshopped version of the Nazi flag that replaced the swastika with a hashtag (shown below). They named the piece "#FASHTAG."
The following day, Gab  user @darngribbit posted the image with the caption, "I'm all for some 4chan pranks. Recently clowns have been deemed a white supremacist symbol. We can expect to see clowns be deemed Nazis in the coming months. I say we all take it a step further and move towards making HASHTAGS racist now" (shown below, left).
On May 23rd, 2019, an anonymous user submitted a thread titled "New meme op" to the /pol/ (politics) board on 8chan, which called for viewers to help spread images declaring the hashtag a "new alt-right hate symbol" (shown below, right).
The following day, the same post was submitted to 4chan's /pol/ board, where it gathered upwards of 130 replies prior to being archived.
On May 26th, 2019, YouTuber Conservative With a Mic uploaded a video discussing the hoax (shown below).
That day, Redditor KaliforniaX posted a photoshopped picture of a fake CNN report on the symbol, featuring a chyron with the question "The 'Fashtag', Alt-Rights New Hate Symbol?" to /r/The_Donald (shown below). The post was subsequently removed for being "misleading or inaccurate."
Meanwhile, Urban Dictionary user Coronatus submitted an entry for "fashtag," defining it as "a hate symbol used by neo-nazis and the racist alt-right" (shown below).
 8ch – New meme op
 4plebs – New meme
 Reddit – /r/The_Donald
 Urban Dictionary – fashtag
 Steam Community – #Fashtag
 Gab – @darngribbit's Post
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