Federal “Truthy” Project Targets Conservatives on Twitter

Not all of the money confiscated by the federal government is flushed straight down the toilet. Some of it is strategically targeted toward an explicit purpose. Unfortunately that purpose is often to move the country toward tyranny, as when a National Science Foundation project was used to suspend the Twitter accounts of conservatives:

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.

Good thing the GOP controls the House. Otherwise it would be up to the mainstream media to dig into this stuff — so we would never find out about it.

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.

“False” according to overwhelmingly liberal federal bureaucrats and their lavishly funded academic henchmen, that is.

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.

C. Steven Tucker had two accounts suspended, evidently for using the hashtag #ampat.

“The Committee and taxpayers deserve to know how NSF decided to award a large grant for a project that proposed to develop standards for online political speech and to apply those standards through development of a website that targeted conservative political comments,” wrote Chairman Lamar Smith (R., Texas) in a letter to NSF Director France Cordova.

You can see why Obama’s recent push to increase federal control of the Internet by declaring it a public utility (thereby imposing “ObamaCare for the Internet”) makes the hair stand up on the back of the neck of freedom-loving Americans.

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On tips from Bill T, Henry, Artfldgr, Wiggins, and Petterssonp. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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