House Committee Demands Answers on Truthy Project

Taxpayer-funded initiative collected 600,000 political tweets in its ‘database,’ bragged about having conservative Twitter accounts suspended

Elizabeth Harrington The Washington Free Beacon 11/10/2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, demanding answers about the origins of the nearly $1 million taxpayer-funded […]

The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter

Ajit Pai Opinion The Washington Post 10/17/2014

If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech […]

Your Tax Dollars Are Funding a Database of Political Tweets, 'Misinformation'

Robby Soave Reason.com 8/25/2014

The federal government is sponsoring a creepy social media research project: The aim is to produce a database of politically disfavored tweets, misinformation, and “other social pollution.” The grant for the project—made by the National Science Foundation to Indiana University—was discovered by The Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington, who writes:

The […]