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The Federal government to track “hate speech” on Twitter

August 25, 2014

According to this story the Federal government is creating a database which will track hate speech and misinformation on Twitter.

Here is more on this story:

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.

“This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

  “Truthy” claims to be non-partisan, but the man in charge certainly is not:

“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.

  What is the worst that could happen? The internet is the last bastion of free speech, people are free to express their opinions and the Federal government is not regulating it although they want to. 

  While getting to the truth is always desirable it is not a prerequisite to free speech. People are free to express their opinions on the internet but apparently that is frowned upon by those who seek to control the masses. He who controls the message controls the masses…

  And are we really supposed to believe the Federal government is interested in the truth? They are only interested in the truth as they see it and they are seeking to control the message by determining what is truth and what is fiction.

  Who determines what is hate speech and what is misinformation? That out be whichever side is in chargeWhile this is currently being done while the Democrats are in charge of the Senate and the Executive branch does anyone think that if the Republicans ever gain control that they will not also seek to control social media to promote their own agenda?

  This should be concerning to people on both sides of the aisle…

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2014 10:16 pm

    Cass Sunstein must have a smile on his face. Exactly what he intended to do. Bloggers next. Nice ending to the day.

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    • August 26, 2014 5:38 am

      The ultimate goal is the bloggers in my opinion but they have to do it one step at a time over a period of time and that is what they are doing.

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  2. August 25, 2014 10:59 pm

    I had an idea a while back for something I was going to call “twitcrypt” sort of like old PGP but for twitter. 1st tweet would be the key block, and the 2nd one would be the actual message. they could be sent from different accounts, at different times, you wouldn’t know which was which unless you were “in” with the sender.

    I’m no programmer. I wouldn’t know how to do this..but it seems to me it would be both possible and doable. I wouldn’t want any credit or money for the idea either…it’s far too useful to keep locked up.

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    • August 26, 2014 5:39 am

      I wish I could help you with that but I have no idea how to go about it or if can even be done. Interesting idea.

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      • August 26, 2014 1:02 pm

        I’m sure it can be done..it’s simple encryption. each symbol in the “key” would be the shift to decode the symbol in the message. the “key” would be random, but it would be the same size as the message…140 symbols. if you include all the languages (30) and other fonts supported by twitter, that’s enough variations to make a pretty solid encryption.

        sure, it could be brute-force decoded, but only if you knew which was the key, and which the message…trying to decode the key would get you nowhere fast..and if you did decode the messsage, they would be short-term useful “meet me one block over in 10 minutes”. by the time you decode it, the meeting is over and the parties involved are GONE.

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  3. zip permalink
    August 25, 2014 11:38 pm

    Remember the saying, “Don’t talk politics or religion and you’ll get along.” One’s character has a lot to do with their connections and influences – speaks to who they are. Being connected w/ Acorn shows a bad nut – that’s an objective estimation!
    Voltaire said “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

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  4. August 26, 2014 1:25 pm

    It’s called incrementalism. Those of every persuasion on the left are masters of the craft. Aside from the MSM functioning as aparacheks for the left the right whether in congress of at the state level takes a step backward at almost every opportunity to oppose their radical agenda. Can you hear the quiet on opposition to this latest move to challenge the first amendment?

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    • August 26, 2014 7:13 pm

      Yes incrementalism, its dangers can be seen in my tagline in my header: I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations- James Madison

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  5. August 26, 2014 6:01 pm

    Get the same IT geeks who designed the Zerocare website and we have nothing to worry about .

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