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Thread: Investigating Hate Speech

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    Investigating Hate Speech

    Interesting study, our tax money at work, or is it more? Would private funding make me, or perhaps you, less suspicious?

    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.
    Feds Creating Database to Track

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    It wouldn't surprise me at all, and I hate the very idea.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    My question would be:
    Who decides whether the communication is "hateful" or "misinformation"?

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    Left wing zealots who else!

    Quote Originally Posted by Monte View Post
    My question would be:
    Who decides whether the communication is "hateful" or "misinformation"?

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    The links provided in the article cited in the OP do not support some of the claims of the article. This is a a link to a FAQ for the project Truthy There is no mention of hate speech at all. It is not a government project, it is an Indiana University project that received some government funding. One of the most significant aspects is that helps readers identify disguised mass postings.

    Government, political groups and businesses are getting into advanced techniques for spreading information and disinformation. Don't believe anything unless you know something about the source of a claim.

    "Truthy is a research project that helps you understand how memes spread online. We collect tweets from Twitter and analyze them. With our statistics, images, movies, and interactive data, you can explore these dynamic communication networks.

    What is a meme?

    A meme is an idea, value or pattern of behavior that is passed from one person to another by imitation. In the Truthy system, a meme can be a #hashtag, @mention/reply, URL, or phrase....

    ....How do you pick the memes for the Election Coverage tool?
    Memes are picked based upon their relevance and popularity (determined by tweet volume).

    For the 'Candidates' election coverage selection, we have chosen the top four memes (by tweet volume) that contain "obama" or "biden" to signify the left, and those that contain "romney" or "ryan" for the right.

    For the 'Politics' selection, we determined the memes based upon the following criteria:

    #p2: Most popular left-leaning meme
    #ows: Most popular co-occurring left-leaning meme
    #topprog: Second most popular co-occurring left-leaning meme
    #dems: Official hashtag for democrats

    #tcot: Most popular right-leaning meme
    #teaparty: Most popular co-occurring right-leaning meme
    #tlot: Second most popular co-occurring right-leaning meme
    #gop: Official hashtag for gop..."

    This article seems accurate and unbiased: Truthy.indiana.edu to search, identify smear tactics, Twitter-bombs through election runup

    This one mentions other projects that deserve more concern than this particular one: US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research | World news | theguardian.com

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Monte View Post
    My question would be:
    Who decides whether the communication is "hateful" or "misinformation"?
    Those who control and maintain the system & database.

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Monte View Post
    My question would be:
    Who decides whether the communication is "hateful" or "misinformation"?
    This is the key. Who decides that, and what will the information be used for, will it go further than this?

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    The links provided in the article cited in the OP do not support some of the claims of the article. This is a a link to a FAQ for the project Truthy There is no mention of hate speech at all. It is not a government project, it is an Indiana University project that received some government funding. One of the most significant aspects is that helps readers identify disguised mass postings.

    Government, political groups and businesses are getting into advanced techniques for spreading information and disinformation. Don't believe anything unless you know something about the source of a claim.

    "Truthy is a research project that helps you understand how memes spread online. We collect tweets from Twitter and analyze them. With our statistics, images, movies, and interactive data, you can explore these dynamic communication networks.

    What is a meme?

    A meme is an idea, value or pattern of behavior that is passed from one person to another by imitation. In the Truthy system, a meme can be a #hashtag, @mention/reply, URL, or phrase....

    ....How do you pick the memes for the Election Coverage tool?
    Memes are picked based upon their relevance and popularity (determined by tweet volume).

    For the 'Candidates' election coverage selection, we have chosen the top four memes (by tweet volume) that contain "obama" or "biden" to signify the left, and those that contain "romney" or "ryan" for the right.

    For the 'Politics' selection, we determined the memes based upon the following criteria:

    #p2: Most popular left-leaning meme
    #ows: Most popular co-occurring left-leaning meme
    #topprog: Second most popular co-occurring left-leaning meme
    #dems: Official hashtag for democrats

    #tcot: Most popular right-leaning meme
    #teaparty: Most popular co-occurring right-leaning meme
    #tlot: Second most popular co-occurring right-leaning meme
    #gop: Official hashtag for gop..."

    This article seems accurate and unbiased: Truthy.indiana.edu to search, identify smear tactics, Twitter-bombs through election runup

    This one mentions other projects that deserve more concern than this particular one: US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research | World news | theguardian.com

    That all sounds great at first glance. Meme, misinformation, opinion, opinions leaning left or right leaning, opinions that are welcome, or not.

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    The land of the free is quickly becoming the land of the meek.

    Jeez...a few more terrorist attacks on America and the masses will become so scared and spineless that they will have to ask the government when to have a bowel movement.

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    Re: Investigating Hate Speech

    They should also restrict violent movies -- they probably contribute to the 12,000 murders per year committed in USA.

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