Troll Hunters: Clemson professors race to expose social media propoganda
Patrick Warren, associate professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics, and Darren Linvill, associate professor in the Department of Communication, expose the methods used by Russian trolls and educate students on how to be more cautious social media users. “Destroying empathy is their end goal, and disgust is the mechanism,” Warren said. "Infect enough people," Linvill added, "and soon you have friends and neighbors calling each other animals. That's the kind of rhetoric you see before genocides and wars."