Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

Elizabeth Harrington, Free Beacon, August 25, 2014

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.”


“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.


“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.

Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University, links to each of the organizations on his personal page from his bio at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research.s

The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use their tool in the future to report on other Twitter users.



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  • Alexandra1973

    Assist in the preservation of open debate…but make sure things go according to the party line.

    Talk about doublespeak!

    • TruthBeTold

      Most of the worst offenders are ‘progressive’ liberal provocateurs.

      • Manaphy

        Not “progressives”.

        • TruthBeTold

          That’s what they call themselves. That’s why I put it in quotes.

          • Trevor Pilsbury

            No need to apologise. You spoke correctly.

        • Kathy M

          Yes, “progressives.”

          • coco bongo


          • Kathy M

            Here’s one I thought was funny …

          • Alexandra1973

            Wow, just put some backwards collars on those dogs and replace “cat” with “Jews” and there you have it!

          • The Worlds Scapegoat

            or Nazis

    • JSS

      2+2=4=hate speech.

    • Lagerstrom

      I laughed. With the realization that it’s not funny at all.

    • Welcome to STASI-stan!

  • MekongDelta69

    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…”

    Unless “We” (you know who “They” are) don’t like what you’re saying.

    Orwell goes digital…

    • That snippet you quoted, I can literally see it coming straight from Orwell, a scene in the ministry of truth where an excited technician is explaining his brilliant new idea of how best to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate…”

      except this is real, not a fiction written years ago… it’s word to word feverishly spoken propaganda, straight from the ministry.

      Orwell truly was a prophet.

  • Puggg

    They would not be tracking this unless they had a use for the information or some sort of goal in mind.

    Not this exact story, but this kind of story quite a few years ago is what ultimately led me to AmRen.

    • Diversity Fatigue

      Leftists like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Obummer, and scores of others have been drooling for years over the possibility of completely regulating the internet. This started with Bill Clinton.

      And, by the way, disqus is also collecting data on those who comment on this site. Many times I’ve tried to comment on other disqus comment sites using the acct I am now. I get the “your comment is awaiting moderation” and will not be posted. Then I change to my other acct and bingo — comment posted with no problem. So I think Amrenners are flagged by disqus.

      • 1stworlder

        Good to know I guess I need another

        • Diversity Fatigue

          I have one acct on my home computer and one for mobile when I am traveling. I don’t use the mobile acct much but for some reason I never get blocked with it as I do with this one used on Amren.

          • I only ever post from a mobile phone. It’s a false sense of security, as “they” can still track you and find out who you are, which is part of why it took me years of reading to make my first post, and conscious decision to have my name “added to the list”

            the reason for the mobile phone being blocked, and being harder to track back to “you” (but by no means impossible) is that most cell phone companies issue blanket ip addresses to hundreds or thousands of people in an area, which changes fluidly as your data transfer switches from cell tower to tower.

            This means it’s more or less improbable for you to be banned, blocked, or tracked because it would affect thousands of other people. It’s not impossible, because every cell phone ever made has a unique “IMEI” number, which is a little like the MAC address for a computer, although it cannot be easily changed like on a computer or router.

            Hence it’s easy for them to track your phone, ie:you by imei, but not block you via IP.

          • John

            I suggest getting a TracFone. Use a prepaid Visa card to purchase your minutes and any apps you want from the Play Store (Android “Smart” TracFones available at Amazon). Set up your gmail account using an alias and use the same alias for your prepaid Visa and Google wallet. Last, when you activate the TracFone, do it in such a way as there is no name associated with it. Just activate the number. Start with a new number, don’t transfer your old. Don’t use it for email unless it’s your alias email account. I did all of this back in Dec. and not only am I not on the NSA grid any more, I’m saving a lot over my old account at ATT. It’s about as anonymous as one can get using a cell phone in this day and age. I call it my “drug dealer special” or sometimes my “F U NSA phone”.

          • Good advice all, but essentially pointless if you’ve already been posting under less secure methods, the thing with prepaid cards people need to remember is that unless you buy it with cash, it can still be tracked back to you, and the tracphones still have an imei as requires by (US) law, which means the phone itself can be tracked. If you bring attention to yourself, that imei can be used to triangulated your phones location, and over the course of a few days, they know where you live and work based off of where the phone stops. Now they just look up who lives at xxxx address, and you’re back to square one.

            Like I said, false sense of security. The only means of being truly “anonymous” are just too tedious and frankly ridiculous to be feasible, so I don’t bother. I also imagine once they see your tracphone is being used for “subversive” activities, they’ll be much more interested in figuring out who you are, since you went to such great lengths to hide.

            I say f*ck them… they already know who we are, and if we get to the point where they come for us in the night, I WILL take a few of them with me.

          • John

            Sure, I realize all that but it was a way to poke a stick in the Fed’s eye plus save a bunch of money to boot. Since I’m not engaged in any nefarious activities and don’t use the phone nearly to the extent some do, small chance of me coming to anybodies attention. As far as posting goes, I always use VPN and change my location a couple of times a day. This morning I was in Chile, right now I’m in Sweden. Google keeps trying to weasel my mobile number out of me but I’m not biting. Yahoo tries occasionally but they’re not nearly so bad as Google. About 3 times a week I delete around 12 Google cookies, w/o having used their search engine at all (I use Ixquick) as well as YouTube cookies. I’m not paranoid, just more than a little resentful of the direction our society has taken since we’ve started this farcical “war on terror”.

          • Nancy

            Thank you for that, John. I’m not nearly as tech-literate as you are, but intuitively knew not to have FB or Twitr…which of course is unfathomable to people these days. I’m glad to know I’m right.

          • John

            Your welcome. If you’re interested, the VPN service I use is at purevpn(dot)com. It’s $50 a year for unlimited coverage, best deal of all similar services. Pluse loads of servers worldwide to choose from. For example, I’m “in” Poland right now and surprisingly, it’s almost as fast as the US server they offer as well. Occasionally, I’ll want to watch a video and get an announcement “sorry, this video is not available in your country”. Just switch countries.

  • Diversity Fatigue

    I don’t comment on twitter or facebook. They are monitored by the government already. The ultimate goal for Obama and his sheeple Demoncat followers is to regulate the internet.

    • Alexandra1973

      I haven’t been on Facebook in a few years. As far as Twitter, they may not like who I follow. I tweet every once in a blue moon.

      • Diversity Fatigue

        “The Feds are reading your tweets…”

        http://www cnn com/2012/03/09/opinion/obeidallah-social-media/

        • Alexandra1973

          They probably read every single message board known to man. They probably know my rank, file, and serial number. Oh well.

          • Pro_Whitey

            As I put it to a friend, they might not have Lois Lerner’s e-mails, but I bet they have all of my e-mails, no matter how I sent them.

          • I have an old friend from Australia, who is now an MD working in China – even though he’s white – and I always finish every email to him with “Net-Nazi boob-bait term of the week is (insert word here)”. Apparently the NSA scans international email for certain key words.

            Then they get to read text in which Dan complains about how polluted China is, or in which I talk about my latest fishing tackle project, and see pics of our respective wives and kids at places we have visited.

            They don’t have the man-hours to read everything.

  • Easyrhino

    No doubt this group will utilize the same high standards of the $PLC to define

    • Nancy

      Astroturfing is fake support of something, as opposed to grassroots (which is genuine) support. One can pay people or otherwise enlist people to write letters to the editor, post comments on blogs and articles, etc. to make support of a person/issue seem more widespread than it actually is.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        We’re seeing that on a massive scale with the push for amnesty. Up until about a year ago, polls routinely showed three quarters of Americans in favor of enforcement and deportation only. Since those polls have been jiggered, we’ve had a flood of astroturfed comments in favor of amnesty on social media sites.


    Orwell Goes Digital – Sincerely MekongDelta69

  • Tim_in_Indiana

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

    Another reason to be ashamed to be a “Hoosier.”

  • Roninf9

    Nobody censors speech they agree with.

  • Fredrik_H

    “Truthy” is a codeword for anti-white…

  • Lewis33

    If the people of my state (Indiana) knew what a subversive hole IU is (This is example #865) they would pack it up, lock, stock and barrels of little antifa freaks, and ship it off to California. Unfortunately all they know about it is “bakaball”.

    • Oldcorporal

      Yeah, you’re right. Promise a Hoosier he’ll get to watch a basketball game every night, and he’ll follow you anywhere.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Oh, I’m not really afraid. You’ll notice, after all of these years, I rarely made fun of minorities, nor do I call them names. 90% of my insults are directed toward the do nothing, sissified Republican Party who are just as liberal as the democrats. Ironically, since I bash the GOP, I’m sure that program will overlook me. Visiting Amren alone won’t raise any warning flags because I’m sure thousands of liberal, NAACP supporting democrats visit this site on a daily basis, looking for racism they’ll never find.

  • Truthseeker

    Sadly, many self-righteous people take pride in how scrupulously they comply with the Thought Police. We have to speak the truth while we still can and wake up as many people as possible.

  • JohnEngelman

    Will they add me to their database because I document facts about racial differences in average IQ and crime rates?

    • I don’t think thats hate speech. To chant death to the (fill in the blank) may, but ive my self have pointed out the flaws in some cultures,

    • John R

      You actually document and back up the facts about racial differences? That is hate speech of the worst kind! REPORT THIS GUY!!!!

      • JohnEngelman

        In the Star Chamber of Political Correctness truth is no defense. It is evidence for the prosecution.

    • You’re on the database as a potential mass rapist of Chinese immigrants.

    • ZB01

      No; you’re on the safe-list because you favor Jews and Asians.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I’m soooo sure they are alarmed by the racist tweets of one Affirmative Action Ivy League Professor by the name of Anthea Butler.

    “First they shootin us in the streets, and then they taking all the video awards for sorry song y’all.”

    • Dale McNamee

      Ivy League Professor ? Her rant was illiterate & insane…

      • kikz2

        prof of divinity…. snickerz……. i’m sure the parents of the kids that go to UPenn are soooo proud…

  • TruthBeTold

    Liberal sites like The Atlantic and others often disable comments.

    The www cofcc org had an article about provocateurs where someone making anti-Semitic statements turned out to be Jewish and posting under multiple accounts:

    http://topconservativenews com/2014/08/why-it-is-pointless-to-argue-with-anonymous-online-trollscranks/

    • Nancy

      Perfect example of astroturfing.

      • Alexandra1973

        Basically it’s shilling.

        Like Alex Jones. People think he tells the truth but when you bring up certain subjects (like the Jesuits), well, moonbattery ensues.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          Basically it’s shilling.”

          It happens a lot. Every time you see a swastika or the N-word painted on the side of a wall, you can bet the person trembling on the news is the one that did it.


  • I don’t do the facebook or twitter, never understood why would any one would want to put them selves out there like that. A few photo’s and you can figer out where they live, why would you want to do that.
    but to keep track of hate speaches may not be an all bad idea. Not to shut them down but to expose them to the world for what they truly are, like the black panthers.

  • Oldcorporal

    “Truthy,” huh? And who decides what the “truthy” is? This is just another very transparent liberal attempt to censor any opinions they don’t like, in the style of the Southern Poverty Leadership Conference. Wouldn’t take George Orwell to figure out who they’ll be targeting, will it? And how do they define “misinformation” and “hate speech”? This thing stinks to high heaven. And there hasn’t been much mention of it in the midstream media — naturally. They want us to be just like the lobster you put in a pan of room-temperature water, after which you very slowly turn up the heat. By the time the lobster says, “Gee, it’s getting warm in here!” he’s already cooked.

  • Two of the ten quotes from George Orwell making the rounds on the Internet recently:

    9) “Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”

    10) “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

    Scary how clearly he saw things.

    • bilderbuster

      Hillary Clinton said 1984 was her favorite book.
      She purposely left out the part that she thought it had a happy ending.

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        It is one of my favorite books. It tells me all about “their” plan. I can see the mind of the sociopath.


  • TruthBeTold

    Provocateurs are trying to shut down Conservative websites and our lawmakers will play along, feign ‘outrage’ and restrict speech on the internet.

  • dd121

    I don’t mind expressing my true beliefs here but why would you risk exposure from twitter or faceplant?

  • Dale McNamee

    The Libturds and Progturds who populate Twitter, filling it with with profane, hate-filled (to put it mildly) speech and death threats… Does this fit the parameters of the Fed Twitter program ? Nope…

    I don’t use Twitter at all,BTW !

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate

    Straight from the Ministry of Truth!!

    Here’s some hate speech from KNOWN Enemies of the Sate for the government spooks to look into:

    “Well, the Hate Law statute would not — would not necessarily cover (Whites)”

    —Eric Holder

    “…a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued…The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do. Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown.”

    —Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri

    Misinformation, False & misleading:

    “You can keep your health care. Period.”

    — Barak Obama, President of the United States

    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!”

    What’s left to do is crash the system:

    Report ALL Twitter use, ALL of it as Hate Speech

    And especially report Filippo Menczer for Hate Speech, subversive anti-American activity, and subversive propaganda.

    • MBlanc46

      Freedom is slavery.

      • indoctrination_FAIL

        War is peace.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:

          WAR IS PEACE



  • LHathaway

    “Diversity is a commitment to excellence”

  • John R

    “Hate speech”= telling the truth about vicious crimes committed against Whites by non-Whites. There, track away!

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    “The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use their tool in the future to report on other Twitter users.”
    So the Israeli rulers want Americans to report on one another. How precious! It’s Nazi Germany deja vou.

    • John

      Very little of this went on in Nazi Germany. Maybe you’ve confused it with the old Soviet Union? This type of spying and reporting on your neighbors was epidemic in all Communist controlled countries.

      • Especially East Germany.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          Watch this video. It is David Funderburk who served as U.S. Ambassador to Communist Romania under the Reagan administration during the 1980s.


          And while you are at it, you can also watch these.

          www[dot]youtube[dot]com/watch?v=X3kCwNvtEsg <— very good info


      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        Jews love to project their crimes on to those they envy.


  • this is what I like about the direction that the Dissident Right is moving, about the direction that the Dissident Right is being forced to move in.

    The Rightwing/Conservatives have traditionally been aligned with those at the top, with business, with the rich, with the government. But now it is becoming clear to some in the Dissident Right that the government, be it GOP or Dem controlled, is against the white majority.

    That is as it should be.

    Take the scales from your eyes, or in this case, you are having the scales removed from your eyes because the truth is being pounded into you again and again and again. The government is against the majority.

  • Paleoconn

    The truth is what they fear. This thing should be called Falsy or Mendacity.

  • fgbrunner3

    Big Brother has arrived. His name is Barack Obama.

  • Evette Coutier

    Hate speech is protected under the first amendment. The government has no business monitoring legal activities. However, if they are going to monitor hate speech, they should wiretap Holder’s office.

  • gsrider

    I believe Lois Lerner has been appointed to assist in the start up of the “Truthy” department.

  • WR_the_realist

    So the NSF is going to monitor “false and misleading ideas”. That must mean that the NSF plans to monitor the rest of the federal government.

  • paul marchand

    The US federal govt is the enemy of truth, and the enemy of justice, and of sanity.

  • “The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use their tool in the future to report on other Twitter users.”

    Wowee! Big brother sure does care about us all!

    I have to wonder, twitter is stated as the “target” here, presumably because of the limited character count leading to less raw data to process when searching for vile and wicked “hate memes” but I have to imagine that it can and will be easily expanded upon to monitor meaaageboards, particularly places like 4chan where “anonymous” likes to “hang out”

    As a group, they are mostly a bunch of perverted misfit children, although seemingly becoming quite racially aware. But I have a feeling the government is very interested in tracking everything that goes on there, without sifting through the mountains of filth manually.

    In a large crowd of anonymous idiots, there’s likely to be already one or two truly intelligent, and therefore dangerous people, trying to disseminate truth, or plant little seeds of rebellion. With the ability to set their sights on those few, big brother can quickly make them disappear. Which is the downside to anonymity, if noone ever knew you were there, noone will ever know when you’re gone.

    I mention 4chan specifically because they say “meme” repeatedly, and to my knowledge, 4chan is the meme breeding ground, not twitter.

    (Though Im not a twit, so I can’t know for sure)

  • Douglas Quaid

    To be sure, this isn’t cooked up soley by Obama and his leftist cronies. He’s just the affirmative action president up there to provide racial cover for the agenda, if you don’t like the agenda you’re a racist. See the game? I remember when under the reign of Bush the lesser when his creeps were talking about internet regulations to fight the war on terror. Same garbage, different cover. Both parties are controlled by the same elites with the same agenda.

  • OS-Q

    Only a million for the latest government spying and social engineering? Our government is getting chintzy. Of course the best thing about leftist hypersensitivity is that EVERYTHING posted that doesn’t comply with their exact orthodoxy will be considered hateful – that in turn will lead to an overloaded and essentially useless database.

  • B.A_2014

    Iike it when people watch me…makes me feel dirty. OoOoOo sorry wrong website.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    When the Koch brothers wanted to buy the LA CA newspaper, Diane Rehm, NPR, said “do we want that opinion out there?”. National Public Radio is the voice of the US government that is controlled by the Jews. The Jews have won. We are a heart beat away from having laws similar to Canada where one can go to prison for speaking the truth about the Jews.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    An example of “truthy” is the way the US government and the Government controlled media handled the shooting of a black unarmed teen by a white police officer and a white unarmed teen by a black police officer. The Us Government and media gave the black kid a martyr’s burial while ignoring the white teen’s death.

  • “assist in the preservation of open debate.” How orwellian. If this report is accurate, then think about it when you pay your taxes.

  • Christorchaos

    Can anyone give me a link to a good how-to article for protecting your anonymity? Tricks, settings, etc.? ? I am sure there are some Application/websites that you simply cannot participate on and expect not to be outed. Twitter sounds like one of em.

    • Christorchaos

      Because it does not seem right to just be silent while the entire world descends into the inevitable chaos that all these bad, evil ideas are bound to lead to. But unless there can be anonymity guaranteed, I am ready to go back to just talking to the neighbor over the back fence. If all we are doing is giving the bad guys IP addresses to use in order to round us up when that day comes. Why wouldnt they? There is no God to punish them if they commit murder, because of course there is no 10 Commandments.

      “Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God (in this case, the PC gods).” John 16:2

  • MarcB1969

    I’d love to see what constitutes “subversion” in an America where the sitting president publicly launched his political career from the home of a convicted felon political terrorist. Nothing Obama has done while in power shows that he would be opposed to the type of purge the Weather Underground planned (exposed by Larry Grathwohl) in the USA after taking power.

  • A Freespeechzone

    It starts with crap like this….slowly to suspend the First Amendment and enact ‘hate speech’ legislation to silence any and all that disagree with the tyranny being perpetrated on the masses.

    The brainwashing in our government schools, unless stopped, will bring this to pass sooner, rather than later….unless Patriots literally ‘take a stand’.

  • david dorian

    The ‘preservation’ of open debate.

    A clear example of doublespeak for censorship and control to ensure the debate has the right outcome.