Temple White Student Union Outs Itself as a Troll “Experiment”

Just a quick update on an earlier post: the twitter account that announced a vigil for Darren Wilson, claiming to be the Temple University White Students Union, has revealed that the event was fake, and that the account was started “as a social experiment to see how much fact checking people do before believing what they read on the internet.”

No reply yet to a request to elaborate, but as Chris Krewson of Billy Penn aptly noted, at least it wasn’t racist. 

And there’s nothing generally questionable about doing mass, anonymous “social experiments” based on incredibly sensitive and incendiary topics, so we can assume it’s a responsible party.

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The account deleted its previous tweets thanking people for attending a fundraiser and advertising a vigil to be held tomorrow night at Temple’s Bell Tower.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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