Government To Track ‘False, Misleading’ Ideas On Twitter

 

 

Truthy

 

 

 

 

” Nope, this isn’t unsettling:

  The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

  The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

  The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

  One G-man’s “social pollution” is another free man’s First Amendment right. The very term sounds like something out of a 1920s Italian fascist tract. And why is the federal government even deciding which ideas are “false and misleading,” let alone tracking them?

  According to the project’s grant, the service “could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.” 

 

 

Ricochet