Feds Spend $1 Million on Database to Track Incorrect Thoughts on Twitter
Enjoy the online world while you can. Soon we will look back on these days as the Golden Age of Internet Freedom. Already Big Government is taking alarming steps to assert control:
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.
“Misinformation” is information not in compliance with White House talking points. “Hate speech” is speech that our liberal overlords hate.
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.
Don’t worry about the money. Your grandchildren will pick up the tab. In return, you can tell them astonishing stories about the days when people could express ideas on the Internet that had not been approved by federal bureaucrats.
“This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said.
These guys know their Orwell. Only a government inspired by the Ministry of Truth would quash “subversive propaganda” in the name of “open debate.”
On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
The Nazis had the Gestapo. The Soviets had the KGB. Our hardening soft tyranny has the innocuous-sounding Environmental Protection Agency,
Over at the Washington Post, editorial page editor Fred Hyatt wonders about Obama’s lack of passion in supporting freedom around