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Nov 12 2014

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, who has contributed valuable tips to Moonbattery.com, 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.



21 Responses to “Federal “Truthy” Project Targets Conservatives on Twitter”

  1. bobdog19006 says:

    If Twitter has gone political, that’s reason enough to stop using it.

    Vote with your feet.

  2. bobdog19006 says:

    If Twitter has gone political, that’s reason enough to stop using it.

    Vote with your feet.

  3. rambler says:

    Ah, nothing like the social scientists creating new job opportunities! We can thank the fed gov for those privacy invading, behavior manipulating morons being inflicted on all of us. It all started with the Census Bureau, whose employees didn’t like the cyclical nature of their jobs, so they convinced the politicians that data collection was a way to know the public better. The end result was the the CB employees could then work straight through from one census to the next. So a data collecting they went. Then that data needs to be analyzed so more people are needed, which birthed the social scientist. The next step is to see if the public can be “manipulated”. So that ushered in the behavioral scientist. Then there need to be money for all these “studies” and the gov has that money. Enter the lobby groups! A very large group is COSSA, which has its fingers into everything including what is asked on that census long form, which is now called the American Community Survey. So with all that…. does anyone believe that these same privacy violating people wouldn’t want to use the internet to manipulate the message? Nope! A least 95% of people involved in the social sciences are big gov lib/progs. http://www.cossa.org/

  4. rambler says:

    Ah, nothing like the social scientists creating new job opportunities! We can thank the fed gov for those privacy invading, behavior manipulating morons being inflicted on all of us. It all started with the Census Bureau, whose employees didn’t like the cyclical nature of their jobs, so they convinced the politicians that data collection was a way to know the public better. The end result was the the CB employees could then work straight through from one census to the next. So a data collecting they went. Then that data needs to be analyzed so more people are needed, which birthed the social scientist. The next step is to see if the public can be “manipulated”. So that ushered in the behavioral scientist. Then there need to be money for all these “studies” and the gov has that money. Enter the lobby groups! A very large group is COSSA, which has its fingers into everything including what is asked on that census long form, which is now called the American Community Survey. So with all that…. does anyone believe that these same privacy violating people wouldn’t want to use the internet to manipulate the message? Nope! A least 95% of people involved in the social sciences are big gov lib/progs. http://www.cossa.org/

  5. SteveO says:

    Who are these people that think they can waste taxpayer money on stuff like this?

    I want to know their names and who they work for. I want them to be reprimanded and fired. This has gotten out of control….

  6. SteveO says:

    Who are these people that think they can waste taxpayer money on stuff like this?

    I want to know their names and who they work for. I want them to be reprimanded and fired. This has gotten out of control….

  7. 762x51 says:

    ANYONE with a D next to their name and every RINO in Congress for starters. For RINO’s think McCain, McConnell, Boehner, Graham, Cornin, well, MOST of Congress. Next add 99% of the bureaucrats and ALL of academia and the media plus most of Hollywood. That should give you a good place to start. Let me know if you get them fired – Fat Chance!

    HINT: No tyrant has ever been fired, voluntarily stepped down or voted out of office. They must be removed by force of arms, it always has been and always will be that way.

  8. 762x51 says:

    ANYONE with a D next to their name and every RINO in Congress for starters. For RINO’s think McCain, McConnell, Boehner, Graham, Cornin, well, MOST of Congress. Next add 99% of the bureaucrats and ALL of academia and the media plus most of Hollywood. That should give you a good place to start. Let me know if you get them fired – Fat Chance!

    HINT: No tyrant has ever been fired, voluntarily stepped down or voted out of office. They must be removed by force of arms, it always has been and always will be that way.

  9. 762x51 says:

    Does recognizing the threat of social media years ago – like back in the My Space days, and never participating in it to start with count as voting with my feet?

  10. 762x51 says:

    Does recognizing the threat of social media years ago – like back in the My Space days, and never participating in it to start with count as voting with my feet?

  11. 762x51 says:

    Anyone who participates in any form of social media is a fool.

    The time has come to burn their playhouse down.

  12. 762x51 says:

    Anyone who participates in any form of social media is a fool.

    The time has come to burn their playhouse down.

  13. bobdog19006 says:

    Yep. I never did either.

  14. bobdog19006 says:

    Yep. I never did either.

  15. Alborn says:

    Money would be better spent targeting the lies on the MSM news shows. You could identify untruths on every show. You do not even need to go to the online sites.

  16. Alborn says:

    Money would be better spent targeting the lies on the MSM news shows. You could identify untruths on every show. You do not even need to go to the online sites.

  17. […] This story illustrates in part what I wrote on yesterday: how the so-called ‘social media’ are letting themselves be used — or maybe willingly assisting the stifling of politically incorrect speech. […]


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