House Committee Demands Answers on Truthy Project | Washington Free Beacon

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.

Menczer has also said that Truthy monitored tweets using #p2 (Progressive 2.0), but did not discuss any examples of getting liberal accounts suspended in his book.

via House Committee Demands Answers on Truthy Project | Washington Free Beacon.

Basically, your taxpayer dollars funded a “study” that wasn’t just a study, but an active attack on conservative political speech in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections.  Government censorship at once removed is still government censorship.

5 thoughts on “House Committee Demands Answers on Truthy Project | Washington Free Beacon”

  1. Terrifying how they are brazenly sticking to “by any means necessary”.

    Makes me doubt my decision to simply ignore Lois Lerner when she was across the room at an event last week.

  2. The MSM and groupthink gives them cover.

    Conservatives are the new Jews. We are heretics for not believing as our new, tolerant, elites.

    The Left is a religion, with dogma and a sundering with history, effectiveness for a society, and a bright future.

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