'OK' hand gesture has been added to a list of hate signals

A far-right demonstrator makes the OK hand gesture believed to have white supremacist connotations during "The End Domestic Terrorism" rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. - No major incidents were reported on Saturday afternoon in Portland (western USA) during a far-right rally and far-left counter-demonstration, raising fears of violent clashes between local authorities and US President Donald Trump, who was monitoring the event "very closely". (Photo by John Rudoff / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOHN RUDOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

This is not OK.

The finger-and-thumb hand sign traditionally used to signify "OK" has been added to a list of hate symbols.

The gesture has joined the list as it is used by some as a "sincere expression of white supremacy", according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a US anti-hate group, in a new report.

Despite that the ADL maintains that the "overwhelming usage" of the hand gesture is still to show approval of something or someone.

Therefore, it said that "particular care must be taken not to jump to conclusions about the intent behind someone who has used the gesture".

A member of the far-right group "Proud Boys" (JOHN RUDOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

The OK symbol has been added to the ADL's "Hate on Display" list, which the group began back in 2000.

The ADL says the aim of the list is to help people recognise signs of extremism.

It has placed more than 200 symbols or gestures on the list - 36 of which were new this year.

As well as the OK sign are far more recognisable symbols associated with racism, such as the swastika and the Ku Klux Klan's burning cross.

"Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments," said ADL boss Jonathan Greenblatt.

The ADL says the OK symbol has become a "popular trolling tactic" from far right activists.

Bizarrely using the "OK" symbol as a racist sign started out as a joke, but then became used so much

People walk past flowers and tributes displayed in memory of the twin mosque massacre victims outside the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. - The man accused of shooting dead 50 Muslim worshippers in a Christchurch mosque sat impassively April 5 as a New Zealand judge ordered him to undergo tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial for murder. (Photo by Sanka VIDANAGAMA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

But the joke was so successful and widespread among the far-right, that many believe the OK sign is changing meaning.

The man accused of killing 51 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year used the OK sign when in a subsequent court hearing.

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