August 26, 2014

Imagine if George W. Bush did this

Your federal government will now track "false, misleading" ideas on Twitter. What could go wrong?

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.”

Ricochet's Jon Gabriel: "In 2004, dissent was 'the highest form of patriotism.' A decade later, it’s called 'subversive propaganda' ...”

And how 'bout this: "Truthy" would "add a button to Twitter so that people could report their neighbors and family members ..."

Again, look at the title of this post.

'Nuff said.

Posted by Hube at August 26, 2014 05:45 PM | TrackBack

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