Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect “misinformation,” “hate speech” on social media

posted at 10:01 pm on August 25, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Well, this sounds interesting and probably sinister and open to manipulation:

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.

“Truthy,” which gets its name from Stephen Colbert, will catalog how information is spread on Twitter, including political campaigns.

I’m all in favor of data projects that give us a better understanding of how information spreads online, but I’d rather it not be publicly funded and therefore funneled through the very entity that might have a grand, political stake in, and the ability to prosecute or persecute, what amounts to “hate speech” or “misinformation.”

The best we can hope for, I’d imagine, is a bunch of slobbering media coverage of the suspiciously partisan conclusions of this study— “Right wingers create all misinformation, study shows.” We can pray for no legislation or legal action against those who violate the study’s conclusions.

We’ve been down this road before, only more blatantly directed straight from the White House, on Obamacare. Report your fishy neighbors!

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Why not?

Most of those sites donated to this.

nobar on August 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Hot Air to be an early target.

rbj on August 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM

http://youtu.be/-XYKRokgX00

Judge_Dredd on August 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient just to simply let the IRS keep a database of Republican voters?

ShainS on August 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Federal grant funds plan to detect “misinformation,”

Funding for the Ministry of Truth.

farsighted on August 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Well it beats the govt. money wasted on teaching African men how to properly wash there genitalia. Or does it?

FlaMurph on August 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

“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.

I am sure they will be fair.

CW on August 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

So what eactly is going to be the criteria for hate speech? Me siding against Gay Marriage and abortion, or perhaps Revernd Sharpton giving a euogoly and trying to insight racial hatred against white people and cops. As for misinformation, doesn’t most of that come from the federal government?

MrsGsBoyTommy on August 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

DeJa VU Maybes:

Cornyn to Obama: Shut down Snitch Central
posted at 10:11 am on August 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
****************************************************

Jon Henke asked when the White House debuted its effort to collect information on political dissenters, “What, exactly, does the White House plan to do with this information?” A day later, John Cornyn has started asking the same thing from the Senate floor. Cornyn accused Barack Obama of acting in an unprecedented manner to stifle legitimate political dissent —

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/08/06/cornyn-to-obama-shut-down-snitch-central/

canopfor on August 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Yes, we’ve been down this road before, and it led to World War 2, the Berlin Wall, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Killing Fields, etc. etc. etc.

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Thought crime. How does it work?

butch on August 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I hope its Transparent!!

canopfor on August 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Twitter Truthy db doubleplus ungood.

troyriser_gopftw on August 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Would the IRS be handling the information gleaned?

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

but I’d rather it not be publicly funded and therefore funneled through the very entity that might have a grand, political stake in, and the ability to prosecute or persecute, what amounts to “hate speech” or “misinformation.”

Less likely “might have,” and more plausibly “will have.” Otherwise, there is practically no sensible or discernible reason for doing this considering that (a) hate speech has been around since the beginning of time and certainly prior to Twitter’s conception, and (b) given the financier of the project: the National Science Foundation.

Tom Coburn’s 2011 “National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope” report says it all. The agency is notorious for wasteful spending, silly “projects” and for being run with a leftists slant (which is putting it lightly).

This story seems like nothing more than, “Right-wingers keep denying climate change, so let’s go after their tweets!”

Aizen on August 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Thought crime. How does it work?

butch on August 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

It just did, you asked a question instead of simply accepting that it works as a good Citizen should.

There will now be punishment.

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Bishop

This guy is a subversive. Really. Check out his posts. Red flags everywhere.

LashRambo on August 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Simple,don’t do Twitter.

docflash on August 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Well, I guess I’ll be Banning myself from here to save
those fine folks the trouble…..

..whatever happened to those Halcyon days of ATTACK WATCH.

ToddPA on August 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Will it involve hard drives…?

d1carter on August 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Why limit it to social media….?

d1carter on August 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient just to simply let the IRS keep a database of Republican voters?

ShainS on August 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I’m chuckling but I really shouldn’t be.

Cleombrotus on August 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

In the immortal words of Rod Serling, “You can be sure Heinrich Muller is laughing, somewhere, in the Twilight Zone”.

formwiz on August 25, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Like it’s not all funneled through PRISM already?

That boat has sailed.

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 10:19 PM

http://youtu.be/-XYKRokgX00

Judge_Dredd on August 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Judge_Dredd: Lol:0

canopfor on August 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM

And they need Federal dollars for what reason?

CW on August 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Screw them. Obama sucks!

Ellis on August 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Yea, but can they detect sarcasm?

/sarc

MichaelGabriel on August 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

“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.

One of these things is clearly inconsistent with the others. The rest are just scary.

obladioblada on August 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

This is how totalitarians gain control, it’s how they did it in Russia and how they did it in Germany, and how they did it in China.

To Quote Salvidor Dali; “Those who do not study the past, will get hit in the back of the head with a 2×4 by those who did”…

oscarwilde on August 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

this shut ain’t free

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM

There’s a special place in Hell for anyone who thinks free speech should be sacrificed for the “greater good.”

Bat Chain Puller on August 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I hope it gets the same treatment “Attack Watch” suffered. Tweet after tweet of the snarkiest, acid, hilariously sarcastic remarks ever. It was a form of attack by entendre that doubled back on itself.
I could have read them for hours.

partsnlabor on August 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM

So WHO exactly determines “false and misleading ideas”?

GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Online thot police? Cool. Sounds like it has a ‘truthiness’ to it…I mean, we gotta do somethin’ to stamp out prejudice and sh!t, right?

/sarc

DublOh7 on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

, but can they detect sarcasm? /sarc MichaelGabriel on August 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Actually, they probably can.

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

So WHO exactly determines “false and misleading ideas”?

GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I don’t know… But I absolutely guarantee you that it won’t be anyone who;

a) Believes in the US Constitution
b) Is a Capitalist
c) Leans even slightly Conservative
d) Believes in God

oscarwilde on August 25, 2014 at 10:37 PM

lol I’m sure we all must be on a list somewhere already.

CoffeeLover on August 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

So WHO exactly determines “false and misleading ideas”?

GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Well, it’s obvious the Tea Party is racist, because they are against affirmative action and the social programs that blacks need, so what other possible conclusion is there?

(Am I doing all right so far? Just tell me what to say, and I’ll say it. Please don’t hurt me.)

LashRambo on August 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Because remember, The Future Must Not Belong To Those Who Slander The Prophet Of Islam.

HikaruKitsune on August 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

so WHO exactly determines “false and misleading ideas”? GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

The computer in Utah does.

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I hope everyone on the right floods them with examples of hate speech and misinformation from those on the left. Overwhelming them would be fun and useful.

Buford Gooch on August 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I know it sounds BS but there is going to come a day soon where people are going choose whether they want to live on their knees or stand and fight. Big brother can take their surveillance and shove it up their ass.

bbinfl on August 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM

wolly4321 on August 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Nope. This guy does.

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.

Barred on August 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Dear Mary,

I must express my disappointment in the disparaging comments you made on the O’Reilly Factor (8-25-14) regarding the police response to the civil disorder in Ferguson MO. I have always regarded you as a well informed and honest journalist yet you chose to pass judgment on the police response without facts or any tangible definition of excessive force. Your baseless assumptions lead this critical observer to conclude your opinions are calculated to maximize exposure at the expense of intellectual integrity. I sometimes forget that you are an entertainer.

Regards,
dmann

dmann on August 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Not Orwellian at all.

vcferlita on August 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Because remember, The Future Must Not Belong To Those Who Slander The Prophet Of Islam.

HikaruKitsune on August 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

That was one of the most bone-headed things Obama’s ever said, and that’s saying a lot. And, no, it’s not like Sarah Palin saying “I can see Russia from my house”, because Sarah Palin didn’t say that.

Posted on September 25, 2012
PRESIDENT OBAMA addresses the U.N. General Assembly:
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Not even 2 years ago. Not a throwaway line, but in an address to the UN.

LashRambo on August 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

(EXPLETIVE) your attempts at circumventing the 1st Amendment.

Bossy-poop thought police SEVERELY VACUUM, BIG TIME “DONKEY” !

listens2glenn on August 25, 2014 at 10:53 PM

So WHO exactly determines “false and misleading ideas”?

GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

.
Some “artificial intelligence” being developed by Ray Kurzweil, for Google.

listens2glenn on August 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

“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.

MKH should have included this quote from the Free Beacon, because it tells you all you need to know.

There’s nothing probable or to guess at regarding the sinister intent. This is all about stifling free speech and going after those who disagree with progressive thinking.

INC on August 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

“Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”

The publication of Prop 8 supporters comes to mind. Intimidation, much?

INC on August 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM

LashRambo on August 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I was going to ask for your papers but it really doesn’t matter, I guarantee they are not in order. Even if they were in order they would still not be in order.

You’ve got a space on a cattle car reserved.

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Fruck off, goons.

PC will and should kill all.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Goebbels orgasmed all over Europe, and, unfortunately, the USA too.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Obama is fighting to win elections.

We are not.

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 11:12 PM

We have teddy bears.

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Racist comments are hate speech

Criticizing Obama is racist

Therefore criticizing Obama is hate speech

What could go wrong?

yetanotherjohn on August 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM

“Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”

The publication of Prop 8 supporters comes to mind. Intimidation, much?

INC on August 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Yes. Who the hell do leftists think they are, hassling individuals that way? The government knows who everyone on the HotGas is, if they have an IP, and then match it up with other activity patterns. If some leftist got ahold of that, they could match our real names up with some hyperbolic post we made, or even take something out of context, and forward it to our employer, or those we do business with if we’re self-employed, to ruin us. And they’d do it too, in a heartbeat. You know they would.

LashRambo on August 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I hope it gets the same treatment “Attack Watch” suffered. Tweet after tweet of the snarkiest, acid, hilariously sarcastic remarks ever. It was a form of attack by entendre that doubled back on itself. I could have read them for hours.

partsnlabor on August 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Yep. Engage Attack Watch 2.0, now with even more snark and hilarious sarcasm in every tweet!

Let’s do it.

PatriotGal2257 on August 25, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Gestapo database.

rplat on August 25, 2014 at 11:25 PM

How long can we tolerate this?

Rumpole of the Bailey on August 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM

http://twitchy.com/2014/08/25/conservatives-kick-start-governments-1-million-truthy-misinformation-database/

Here’s a few:

Obama said that terrorists were “on the run”. I’d call that “a false & misleading idea”. #truthy

You can keep your insurance and your doctor! #Truthy

Most transparent Administration in history! #Truthy

More:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Truthy?src=hash

INC on August 25, 2014 at 11:47 PM

A mere million bucks?

WTH?

They couldn’t build a functioning website where people entered the date themselves, for nearly a billion bucks.

That ain’t enough money for Hillarys schoolmate and ValJar’s kid and kid-in-law to boot up their laptops.

LegendHasIt on August 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

OOOPs, Moochhell’s schoolmate.

DOH.

LegendHasIt on August 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect “misinformation,” “hate speech” on social media

Who wrote this stupid article…WND staff? Alex Jones? Matt Drudge?

Poppycock I say. Pure unmitigated poppycock.

Obama will go away in two years, and a Jesus-like Conservative will be elected to the WH and we’ll party like it’s 1955!

Yeah, I’m bitter.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Here, let me start the ‘Truthy’ database:

Anyone who develops, or funds this execrable offense to free speech is an oppressive Nazi dou*hebag.

Let me know if you need more examples to get you started, Truthy. You and your fellow travelers provide a near inexhaustible source for commentary.

orangemtl on August 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM

“social pollution.”

The wellhead of Freespeech Horizon must be dynamited to prevent the bad social from leaking out into the pristine marine sanctuary of Ameritopia.

Kenosha Kid on August 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM

As for misinformation, doesn’t most of that come from the federal government?

MrsGsBoyTommy on August 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

No, the government is 100% truthy and anything that diverges from it is misinformation and hate speech.

FloatingRock on August 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

So when the NYT says Scott Walker or Rick Perry are tainted by scandals……

Oh, that’s not what they are talking about.

Lonetown on August 26, 2014 at 6:14 AM

This is pretty much the end-around on making it illegal to criticize Islam and Shari’ah.

Both Barack the Sun King AND the Hildabeast have wanted to do that for a long time now…

HikaruKitsune on August 26, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Who decides what the truth is?

“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.

If I am found to be spreading misinformation, do I get a visit from pajamaboy to pajama-splain the truth to me?

tdarrington on August 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

And who decides what is “misinformation” or “hate speech”? – Holder?

These guys really do detest the 1st amendment, don’t they?

nikophil on August 26, 2014 at 6:52 AM

You need to monitor Facebook/YouTube, etc. nowadays….

jim56 on May 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Depends what medication they were taking.

jim56 on May 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

You understand that the federal databases being searched are only related to criminal convictions, right…

jim56 on May 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM

 
Read this closely, folks. Understand and never, ever forget why you’ve chosen the side you’re on.
 
Thanks for your help, jim56.
 
rogerb on May 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM

 
The side that doesn’t want to have an accurate database or to take any very modest additional efforts.
 
jim56 on May 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

rogerb on August 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM

How is it possible that every teacher, proffessor, reporter; anyone who ever cracked a history book or walked through a veterans cemetary; can hear of this idea and every alarm bell in their head doesn’t go off at once?
How is it possible?

thelastminstrel on August 26, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Will calling BS on the global warming hoax be considered false and misleading ideas?

dentalque on August 26, 2014 at 7:12 AM

I despise Leftists and their useful idiot Liberals.
I loathe the effeminate golfing worm, Obama, his lipo-suctioned, plastic-faced, lard-assed, lobster gorging wife and their brats (not really-I feel bad for them having been born to scumbag parents not of their choosing). (I like their dog, Bo.)
I hate Holder, Jarrett and the rest of this filthy anti-American, racist, commie administration.
I yearn for the day when the country is divided into New America and The People’s Cesspool of Hopelessness and Despair.

There. That should make it easier for their Orwellian monitoring.

justltl on August 26, 2014 at 7:18 AM

How is it possible that every teacher, proffessor, reporter; anyone who ever cracked a history book or walked through a veterans cemetary; can hear of this idea and every alarm bell in their head doesn’t go off at once?
How is it possible?

thelastminstrel on August 26, 2014 at 7:12 AM

It’s tough for those “teacher(s), professor(s), reporter(s); anyone who ever cracked a history book” to learn fro history when the Left is intent on revising history to suit its purposes.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Oh…

Dear monitoring program:
In the unlikely event that I, a very heavily armed patriot, am taken alive during the coming Second American Revolution, if possible, I would like to reserve a spot in the front end of the boxcar- I get car sick if I sit in the back.
And, I’d like to go to a re-education camp in a place with a moderate climate, preferably with an ocean view.
Top bunk only.

Sincerely hoping that you catch a nasty computer virus,

justltl

justltl on August 26, 2014 at 7:33 AM

I’m sure this study will fairly record the many instances of Liberal Astroturfing (hello, Occupy Movement) as well as Marxist disinformation (almost any leftist web meme.)

TarasBulbous on August 26, 2014 at 8:18 AM

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

So a group of federally funded university liberals are going to decide what constitutes unacceptable speech and then provide the govt and others with information as to who is pushing what?

Is social pollution anything else the Left objects to the Right doing/saying?

katiejane on August 26, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The “T

ruthy” 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.

And people wonder how universities have become so liberal…add to this the millions, 100,s of millions, spend for global warming research, billions spent on “environmental” research, “social” research..The universities are the hogs at the trough of liberal causes.

And any sort of “cause” that could upset this type of research is shut down by the university.

Perfect example is global warming…Hansen (Columbia University) has made millions using false and baseless science, Richard Lindzen has pointed this out numerous times, finally Hansen did retire after his NASA leadership was exposed as being a farce. But still an adjuct professor at Columbia…where he garnered millions for that university.

So what is Hansen doing now? Fighting the Keystone pipeline, I guess that causes global warming?

right2bright on August 26, 2014 at 8:28 AM

“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,”

Start here:

@BarackObama
@WhiteHouse
@pfeiffer44
@vj44

Where’s my million dollars?

airupthere on August 26, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Amounts to pure anti-1st Amendment, un-American intimidation. Who the hell determines what’s “hate speech” or even what is accurate information? This is info stored that can and will eventually be used against you.

Chessplayer on August 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

How about some REAL research that would track and monitor political campaign memes made by political people and organizations themselves?

Like Koch bad. Global warming good. Carbon credits for the win. Golfing while war on bad… No wait, golfing while war on good.

This is just a thin story to cover up the fact that the CIA needs a program to chew over all the days it’s collecting on us. After this comes the laws to go after the hate speech utterers and those who think wrong. For the children.

Black days for the republic.

Skywise on August 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

..whatever happened to those Halcyon days of ATTACK WATCH.

ToddPA on August 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Attaaaack Waaaaaaaatch

ITguy on August 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Good think I don’t use any misinformation in identifying myself on any social media sites at all.

Lance Corvette on August 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Fancy words like “mitigate” and “diffusion” fail to belie the evil inherent in a database called “Truthy.”

rlwo2008 on August 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

A government agency policing policing political opinions and snooping around looking for ‘subversive propaganda’?

I’m sure, after watching the IRS’s behavior under the Obama Regime, that something like this could NEVER have a sinister purpose. Never.

Good Lt on August 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Simple,don’t do Twitter.

docflash on August 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

You don’t seriously think this will stop with Twitter?

oldleprechaun on August 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Yea, but can they detect sarcasm?

/sarc

MichaelGabriel on August 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

It’s hard enough for humans to understand sarcasm. Not sure why they think a robot could…

Oh, wait… You were being sarcastic, weren’t you? ^_^

(And just to explain it to the gov’t bots, I was being sarcastic too.)

nekodachi on August 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I like that you don’t really have to look any farther than where they got the cute and trendy name from to know which direction their thoughtcrime wind is blowing.

rogerb on August 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I’m all in favor of PRIVATELY FUNDED
data projects that give us a better understanding of how information spreads online…

I know that’s what you meant.

Akzed on August 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This is pretty much the end-around on making it illegal to criticize Islam and Shari’ah.

Both Barack the Sun King AND the Hildabeast have wanted to do that for a long time now…

HikaruKitsune on August 26, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Look to Canada, and ask Mark Steyn about their Human Rights Commission (Orwellian alert on the name). Teh Muslims, Teh Gheys, Teh Hate speech, for starters. In other words, hurting the feelings of any protected group.

Obama’s sentiment is, as he explained in his address to the UN General Assembly, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”. Not ought not, should not … but MUST NOT. Do you think Obama would enforce his sentiments by bypassing the rule of law? Even after he swore to uphold the Constitution? Do you think?

How is it possible that every teacher, proffessor, reporter; anyone who ever cracked a history book or walked through a veterans cemetary; can hear of this idea and every alarm bell in their head doesn’t go off at once?
How is it possible?

thelastminstrel on August 26, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Ask Brendan Eich what happens when you give $1000 to oppose gay marriage, then it’s disclosed publicly on the internet, if you have a CEO position at Mozilla. That little audit trail caused him to lose his job. More audit trails, more lost jobs. And it’s the Leftists who do this, not those on the Right. Even a Tea Party sounding organization name will get you persecuted by Lois Lerner et al. Just a few words in your organization title! Think of what they could do with real data, substantial data.

LashRambo on August 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

To most people, Orwell’s “1984″ is a warning against tyranny; to this administration, it’s a blueprint…

dominigan on August 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Doesn’t this whole project encourage people to place more value on image over substance? That is, sounding palatable on the outside, but in fact being nefarious. Encouraging subterfuge. Let me just put it out there. Lying. It encourages lying, dissembling, manipulation.

Some straw man Obama might throw out there: “I don’t agree with those who say the government shouldn’t look at any data on the internet, as we need to keep up with other countries; but I also disagree with those who say the government should gather and analyze all the information they can on every single US citizen”.

That would survive “Truthy” scrutiny. But, what is he saying? It’s just nonsense, right? A cover for what he’ll actually do.

This is the US. We don’t couch our words. We’re better than that.

LashRambo on August 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I think …. uh oh. dinged for hate speech again. Rats!

TerryW on August 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

First they need to define what ‘truth’ is.

Then they need to define what ‘hate speech’ is.

And then, to top it off, what ‘misinformation’ is.

If they can’t then it is just Truthiness that they want… biased in their own way, of course.

ajacksonian on August 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

How can we live with people like this?

I mean that seriously, how does civilization survive this kind of blatant totalitarianism by the left?

This is beyond shocking.

petunia on August 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

This won’t seem like such a good idea when the right starts using the database against the left.

RebeccaH on August 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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