Taxpayer-funded initiative censors conservatives

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  1. carpro

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    http://freebeacon.com/issues/house-committee-demands-answers-on-truthy-project-2/


    House Committee Demands Answers on Truthy Project

    Taxpayer-funded initiative collected 600,000 political tweets in its ‘database,’ bragged about having conservative Twitter accounts suspended


    The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, demanding answers about the origins of the nearly $1 million taxpayer-funded project to track “misinformation” on Twitter.

    The Truthy project, being conducted by researchers at Indiana University, is under investigation for targeting political commentary on Twitter. The project monitors “suspicious memes,” “false and misleading ideas,” and “hate speech,” with a goal of one day being able to automatically detect false rumors on the social media platform.

    The web service has been used to track tweets using hashtags such as #tcot (Top Conservatives on Twitter), and was successful in getting accounts associated with conservatives suspended, according to a 2012 book co-authored by the project’s lead researcher, Filippo Menczer, a professor of Informatics and Computer Science at Indiana University.
     
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    Once again it is about controlling the message.
     
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    Interesting that there's no mention even in the book about whether or not Truthy targeted liberal accounts.

    The new offense to counter conservatives.
    Interesting name for the project. "Truthy". Truth is they're working to control Conservative communications.



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