What could possibly go wrong?
From the Washington Free Beacon:
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.”
The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.
As if this isn't disturbing enough... apparently we're naming government monitoring programs after Comedy Central now.
“Truthy,” which gets its name from Stephen Colbert, will catalog how information is spread on Twitter, including political campaigns.
Disturbing AND embarrassing! Nicely done.
“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.
Of course he is.
Because "non-partisan" actually means "progressive."
Well, it didn't take long for the Twitter Machine to get cranked up on this...
Tell your troubles to #Truthy -- BigGov will see if you qualify for joke book subsidies.— NBPSmith (@nbpsmith) August 26, 2014
The federal government owes me millions in back taxes. The proof is on my hard drive that crashed. Trust me on this. #truthy— Matthew (@Matthops82) August 25, 2014
Honestly. If any Republican introduced #Truthy people and the media would be going insane. Too bad we hear only silence.— Andrew Staroska (@OHCONSERVATISM) August 25, 2014
Remember liberals/Democrats...you guys aren't always gonna hold the White House &/or Senate...One man's hate speech is another man's #Truthy— Kimberly C (@conkc2) August 26, 2014
Of you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance. #Truthy— Coors Charlie (@LaBalaDePlata22) August 26, 2014
Who knew that when Obama said he would review NSA policies he meant he would create more of them. #Truthy— S.M (@redsteeze) August 25, 2014
Here is a live feed of the #Truthy hashtag....
How positively Orwellian, really.
If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened — that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'