Project Description

While research on online trolling has focused mostly on vandalism, political and ideological trolls are as popular. Unlike malevolent trolls that provoke their target maliciously, political trolls are motivated by their ideology, may use satire to provoke. This project will focus on trolling motivated by political ideology, using comparative data from two election cycles. Students will collaborate in collecting data from social media platforms, analyze the data using qualitative methods, focusing on comparing troll behaviors over time.

Technology or Computational Component

Students will be scraping data from social media platforms, cleaning the data, and analyzing the data. In addition, training in Nvivo, software for qualitative data analysis, will be provided.