So if you haven’t heard of it yet, Truthy is a project being run out of Indiana State University, with help from a $1 million grand from the National Science Foundation.
It is an attempt to map and help understand the dissemination of information, and disinformation on Twitter. It is currently focused on politics, news, and social movements. And part of the project appears to be to try and understand how misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech spread. Whether “organically” or via organized intent.
And so, if you google Truthy, and especially if you choose news results- you will see the right- and especially the far right- up in arms about this (and yes, Godwin’s Law has already struck- with lots of foaming at the mouth comparing this to Nazi Germany).
And I guess, in an odd way- I understand their outrage. A tool then can track and explain the dissemination of lies. Of hate speech. Of disinformation campaigns…should be truly worrying to those that predominantly rely on such things for their existence. Oh the irony!
I, for one, will be watching this project evolve (and, being a non-twitterer (non-tweeter?) will be trying to understand it a little better.