The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.
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.”
'social pollution', isn't that an interesting term. Especially coming from these people:
Filippo Menczer (who sounds like an author of that 1920s Italian fascist
tract) is Truthy’s lead investigator and closely affiliated with
“non-partisan” groups like President Obama’s Organizing for Action,
Moveon.org and Greenpeace. The software’s very name comes from ardent
conservative hater Stephen Colbert.
Be interesting to see how they define 'hate speech', and 'misinformation'.