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Researchers at Indiana University have just launched Truthy.indiana.edu, which they humbly declare a "a sophisticated new Twitter-based research tool that combines data mining, social network analysis and crowdsourcing to uncover deceptive tactics and misinformation leading up to the Nov. 2 elections."
What the Truthy team does is sift through thousands of tweets to figure out how a certain meme was born and how it grew.
Originally posted by againuntodust
reply to post by hippomchippo
I agree, this could be good. The question arises, who is to judge what is misinformation or not? Will this help us know what is true from false, or will it help minimize legitimate objections by finding an 'untrustworthy' source?
What also comes to mind is Shirley Sherrod, making a speech at the NAACP. Someone took that speech, posted it online, and it made her look racist. People were talking about how she wanted to sue whoever put that up there to ruin her name. To this day, some people still think she is racist, and some people think she's not. If one were to tweet about that, would it be considered disinformation? Even more to think about, if you were to post something that could be 'damaging' to a political career, something like a conspiracy, could you be held accountable for libel?
Originally posted by saltheart foamfollower
Yeah, who is going to decide what is the truth and what is disinformation.
This sounds awful familiar.
For some reason Cass Sunstein comes to mind.