Conservatives kick-start government’s #Truthy ‘misinformation’ database
— don't come for me (@elisabethlehem) August 25, 2014
Anyone nostalgic for the Obama campaign’s “Attack Watch” project will be heartened to know that the federal government plans to spend $1 million to create a “Truthy” database that will track “false and misleading ideas” on social media. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
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.
“Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority.
Honestly. If any Republican introduced #Truthy people and the media would be going insane. Too bad we hear only silence.
— Andrew Staroska (@astaroska) August 25, 2014
Some on Twitter were anxious to get started populating the “Truthy” database.
Will first #Truthy be michaelbrown gentlegiant or islam religionofpeace? Or globalwarming or Benghazi vid or u can keep yr dr or not smidgen
— Barbara McMahon (@southsalem) August 25, 2014
So how many movie quote and song lyric bot accounts will end up in the #truthy hate speech database?
— neontaster (@neontaster) August 25, 2014
— BT (@back_ttys) August 25, 2014
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) August 25, 2014
— Allan TFH/RoEL/VLR (@allanbourdius) August 25, 2014
You can keep your insurance and your doctor! #Truthy
— ChristmasShoe (@theshoebart) August 25, 2014
"Social pollution." Hmmph If that was the case the VMA show would have been cancelled. Emmy's, too, come to think of it. #truthy
— Chic (@Nayrue) August 25, 2014
Not so shovel ready jobs #Truthy
— kerry (@K1erry) August 25, 2014
Hey #truthy, today I found out I can only keep my doctor if I pay more to see him, thanks to Obamacare. Obama lied to me.
— Amy Curtis (@moderncomments) August 25, 2014
Twitter: March 21, 2006-August 25, 2014 RIP Twitter #Truthy
— Grant (@GrantGambling) August 25, 2014