Feds creating database to track ‘hate speech’ on Twitter

This was done before during the second presidential race with Obama as Obama minions went scouring the countryside for anything they deemed a lie and therefore a hate speech against Obama. Legitimate hate speech is awful and shouldn’t be said, but like it or not the only way to protect speech and leave it free is to also allow speech you don’t like and is hateful. They way you counter hate speech is ignore the speaker. The problem has always been where does legitimate speech end and hate speech begin? What is the objective line? Sure, the obvious is obvious, but not everything is obvious an resides in the ear of the listener. Besides taxes one of the hot button issues to push the Colonies into a revolution was speech, their right to speak out against the government and they didn’t always use non-offensive words.


By Elizabeth Harrington

Washington Free Beacon

A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California December 21, 2013.Reuters

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.

“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly,” the grant states. “Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features.”

“The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online,” it continues. “Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”

“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.