'Alt-right' keyboard shortcut makes burning cross appear

30-11-16

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sipa Press/REX/Shutterstock (77887b) Hooded members of the Klu Klux Klan conduct a cross burning ceremony at night. The Klu Klux Klan, America - 1980

PRESSING ‘alt-right’ on a computer keyboard makes a picture of a burning cross appear, it has emerged.

Pensioner Roy Hobbs discovered the function while trying to edit pictures of his grandchildren.

He said: “I mistakenly thought alt-right was the shortcut for ‘paste’ but then this picture of a burning cross appeared right in the middle of my screen, with little men in hoods dancing around it.

“It’s interesting but I can’t imagine it will ever be very handy for anything.

“I do the newsletter for my local classic car club on my computer, but there I tend to use clip-art pictures of cars and champagne bottles rather than aggressively racist imagery.”

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