Remember the “good old days” of Attack Watch, the web site set up by the Obama campaign to deal with any story critical of the president?
Now, the federal government is setting up a database to track what it calls “hate” and “misinformation” on Twitter. And they’ve spent nearly $1 million of taxpayer money to make it happen.
The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday:
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.”
It gets better — much better. Turns out the person in charge of this database is a progressive who supports Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority.
The website for Truthy adds:
While the vast majority of memes arise in a perfectly organic manner, driven by the complex mechanisms of life on the Web, some are engineered by the shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns. Truthy uses a sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex networks models. To train our algorithms, we leverage crowdsourcing: we rely on users like you to flag injections of forged grass-roots activity. Therefore, click on the Truthy button when you see a suspicious meme!
Conservatives, naturally, had fun with it, Twitchy said.
Will first #Truthy be michaelbrown gentlegiant or islam religionofpeace? Or globalwarming or Benghazi vid or u can keep yr dr or not smidgen
— BarbaraMcMahon((🐸)) (@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
Twitter is awash in sarcasm, & even human intelligence has difficulty detecting it. #Truthy will fail spectacularly in this area.
— BAH! Humbuggery… (@thehiredmind) August 25, 2014
Of course, if the administration is really interested in looking for hate on Twitter, they don’t have far to look, as this writer has documented hundreds of times. Here’s just a few gems I’ve covered in the past:
@BostonSnob If you really want to make me purr, show me gun cam footage of the Bundy ranch drone strike.
— FTJ (@fairytalejedi) April 18, 2014
That was tweeted in April, when liberals were demanding the feds kill everyone at the Bundy ranch with drones.
Throughout the 2012 election, liberals on Twitter routinely called for Republicans to be murdered.
In March, I reported that feminist hatemongers pushed a campaign on Twitter to kill all men using the hashtag #killallmen.
Then there was this from an alleged comedian named Laura Levites:
I want to rip out the uterus of that pro life Cunt Cathy McMorris Rodgers and eat it, so I can see the surprised look on her frigid face.
— Laura Levites (@LauraLevites) January 29, 2014
And there’s many, many more instances of this out there.
I’m guessing, though, that’s not the hate that’s being collected and analyzed by the database…