The physics professor who says online extremists act like curdled milk

Neil Johnson is a professor of physics at George Washington University. He has a new study published this week in which he and his colleagues analyze how online hate spreads.

Johnson applies physics theories to complicated forms of human behavior, including issues such as terrorist recruitment. He was surprised to find that much of the hatred online is concentrated into 1,000 “hate clusters”. From his findings, he has some interesting ideas about stopping hate groups online.

Julia Carrie Wong interviewed him about his theories for the Guardian.

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