The federal government wants to know what you are saying


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What could go wrong? The federal government is spending almost a million dollars to make it possible to 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.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.

Anyone want to make a bet that the only ones who will be labeled with “political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution” will be conservatives?

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5 comments

  • Cotour

    I hope they don’t begin a project monitoring Behind The Black.

    And, yes, of course, Global Warming and Conservatives are the leading threat to the stability of the world.

  • Garry

    Sounds like an aspiration to become the Ministry of Truth

  • Edward

    Any disagreement with the Democrat position is, naturally, a smear, misinformation, hateful, racist, fascist, or anything else that has to be (by the Democrats’ standard for non-Democrats) shut up.

    Always keep in mind:
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/what-ever-you-do-dont-shut-up
    And whatever you do, don’t shut up.

  • DK Williams

    Let’s see. The Regime is seeking to control religion, food, speech, the police, the Internet, the coal industry, water, air, healthcare, banks, the auto industry, moving overseas, moving internally (remember Boeing), the press, non-profit status, and the student loan program. I’m sure there’s a lot more that I’m forgetting or unaware of. 1984 arrived 30 years late.

  • Edward

    Guns, lemon-aid stands, how you *must* spend your own money,* schooling, justice (e.g. Holder will not prosecute any of “his people,” whoever he means), talk radio (fairness doctrine), what is and is not a scandal, oil industry (let’s just make that the entire energy industry, including solar and wind), and how much each of us should earn (from setting actual wages to “at some point, you’ve earned enough”).

    Remember: if you are successful, you didn’t build that.

    * This is *not* a rhetorical question: what other tyranny in all of history has had the audacity to direct its subjects how to spend their own money?

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