Friday September 02, 2016

Feds Spend $500K To ‘Combat Online Trolling’

I'm not saying that this is a huge waste of taxpayer money...oh screw it, that's exactly what I'm saying. You don't need to spend a half million dollars to learn the dos and don'ts of dealing with trolls. DON'T: feed them. DO: ban them. Ta-da! Give me some grant money please.

The National Science Foundation is spending roughly half a million dollars to combat "online trolling." A joint project by Northwestern and Northeastern universities is examining how to create "trolling-free environments" on the Internet. The researchers define online trolls as those who try to influence public opinion by boosting "misleading" and "inauthentic comments."