2021-03-03 17:47:35 UTC
NPR reports that professional exit counselors, who are brought in to help
deprogram cult members, are being overwhelmed with requests for help in
bringing Trump-supporting conspiracy theorists back to reality.
"I've probably got almost a hundred requests in my inbox," explains Diane
Benscoter, an exit counselor who has been helping people leave cults
after she herself spent years in the Unification Church cult.
Joan Donovan, who leads the study of online disinformation at the
Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, similarly tells
NPR that the current social media environment is a "free for all" that is
producing an "unfathomable" amount of disinformation for Americans to