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Feds Pouring Money Into a Project to Create a Database to Track “Suspicious” Internet Memes


Washington DC – The federal government spent $1 million to create an online database that will collect “suspicious” memes and track “misinformation.” The project, which is known as the “Truthy Database” is being funded by The National Science Foundation, but it seems as if the operation has some powerful political motivations.

Ironically enough, the project takes its name from a term that was popularized by television personality, Stephen Colbert.

The project will seek to understand how misinformation is spread online, but it will be up to a team of government-funded researchers at Indiana University to decide what type of political speech is true and which is false.

According to the grant for the project, the operation will be open source and the database will be open to the public.

“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly. 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. The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online. Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes. 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.

However, the database has yet to actually go online, and they have not followed through with the promise of making their information open source.

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The website for the project goes on to explain the importance of memes in their research, and their intentions to find out exactly where certain memes originate.

“While the vast majority of memes arise in a perfectly organic manner, driven by the complex mechanisms of life on the Web, some are engineered by the shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns,” the website stated.

The project focuses on Twitter specifically, but will also be reaching into Facebook, Instagram and other sites in their data mining operations.

This may not be the most money that the government has spent on a frivolous project, but it shows that they really are willing to funnel large sums of money into programs that accomplish nothing. Also, this project exposes the extent of the federal government’s paranoia about dissent and alternative political information.

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    • GENIUS.

    • Not to mention, how dumb is that, why collect it in a database if its available online already? They’re spending actual resources to collect data that is already there, and most likely NOBODY will ever look into, the amount of memes created is enormous, they’ll be throwing money at a bottomless pit.

    • Redundancy has always been used by The Fed to pad their budget!…

    • memeception

  • Nazi cunt dictorship, anyone?

  • Ppl should be aware that memes are a drug

    • Yeah, how long will it take to get out of that?

  • I speak directly to them. I’m not hiding.

  • FYI, Vermin, in real life outside of satire, is a social anarchist and Occupier and Cop Blocker and general satirical protester.
    Now have some dank Vermin Supreme memes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1712797482273526/

  • Just MORE government OVER-REACH….

  • If your not on a watch list somewhere you dont know how to internet. Lol

  • It’s just closed captions for still images. It’s not like anyone’s reading your mind. Where’s the invoice to prove your claim? #getworkedupmore

  • Leslie

  • and who is tracking the FEDS tracking us?

  • While it may be a waste..the Internet is full of so much misinformation. People may see a meme and quote the info as truth even if this information is completely wrong.

  • why would they bother studying misinformation they already are masters at it.

  • Yeah, instead of funding things like higher education or ending homelessness lets track internet memes. Brilliant.

    (What I just typed should be made into a meme…lulz)

  • It’s Snopes all over again. It will be just as subtly biased. Snopes is glad to confirm and tell you about Romney’s dog strapped to the top of the car back in the 08 elections but there is no article to confirm or deny that Obama had admitted to eating dog in one of his autobiographies. The trick is to provide reliable information but insert your agenda with what you choose to confirm and what you ignore entirely. This will be no different. Damn they think we are all idiots.

    • The difference is eating dog while in Asia is normal, a friend of mine ate dog while in Vietnam. Strapping your dog to the top of your car like luggage is cruel. There’s absolutely no controversy there.

    • Your an idiot. A you are trying to be a moral relativist. What is bad is bad regardless of your geographical location. If strapping a dog to the top of a car is bad then eating one is worse. Period. Second what is cruel about strapping a dog carrier to the top of your car? Have you ever seen a dog hang it’s head out the window or ride in the bed of a pickup truck? They love that Shit moron. As long as the carrier was secure and the dog was in no danger that is most likely the most enjoyable way for it to ride.

  • America! The land of the not so free!

  • They just want to have all the good memes

  • I shit myself when I clicked on an internal link and learned this piece of shit came from my home town. Where I am sitting right now. I live in a state where poor people bitch about OTHER poor people eating red meat… But when rich people take a paltry million dollars nobody bats a fucking eyelash… and for internet memes.

    Fuck this shit. I’m getting into grant writing.

  • “The project will seek to understand how misinformation is spread online” I can tell them how. It’s spread by mainstream media sites spreading government propaganda.

    • They want to track people telling the truth about their corruption and oppression.

    • Greatest comment I’ve seen for a long time…

  • Everthing that comes out of politicians mouths is misinformation.

  • If they want to track political misinformation, they should start with Fox News and MSNBC. SMH

  • oh gawd,,, the masters are worried about propaganda?

  • you know they are terrified of the public turning on them when they are so paranoid they have to track memes. Their days are numbered

  • Wow

  • Define “Suspicious”.. Like this?…

  • They have tracked it back to themselves…. as the source of misinformation.

  • Sounds about right! Unreal!

  • They are slowly compiling a redlist, of possible targets and assets for when they decide to wage all out war on those with “revolutionary ideals.” All it will take is some catalyst to start a civil war, and anyone they deem a threat to state security, either socially or physically, will be rounded up, or eliminated, and any that they deem possible assets will be recruited or detained upon resistance to recruitment. They aren’t just collecting memes, and personal information on us. They are gathering intel on the enemy.

    • All the more reason to make sure we always advocate and abide by Natural law and the NAP. They want violent reactions they don’t know what to do against a peaceful one. The key to speaking out is not only pointing out the problems but also solutions. We must always make sure our path is peaceful. But they are doing their best to provoke different groups.

  • The feds will love this “suspicious” meme.

  • Would you, please, identify to which “federal government” entity you are referring. “federal government” is ambiguous. Any preconceived federal government opinion can spring to mind from “Obama” to “Republican Congress”. In other words, who, specifically, is behind things like this.

    • They are both wings of the same bird……

    • Who in the US government is responsible for spending taxpayers money on this kinda “collection of information” ???

    • The elite bankers, for starters, they run the government… make all the rules… They are who lose if we unite and instead of hating the false flag people, turn on them… They also own all the main stream media so we believe what they tell us to believe… Be willing, enslaved sheep….

    • Deborah Lewis that is the new catch phrase for everything and I am already tired of seeing it.

    • sorry… what part are you sick of seeing ?…… I too am sick of it….

    • the two wings same bird bs. rhetorical repetition doesn’t help.. this is just crap to rile people up..and it worked didn’t it… so tired of being called a sheep too.. more rhetorical one liners… THINK!

    • Kathy Crockett Ok, fair enough…. You are right, I said it to piss people off… All I really want is for folks to open their eyes… To search it out for themselves… To realize we are not powerless. That the human spirit is divine… that through uniting and standing strong, without fear… we can overcome…. but its going to take all of us together… To overcome the fear… To practice forgiveness for ourselves and those that have wronged us and to love and care for each other….. Thank you Kathy, for calling me out…..

  • Sweet i like being on lists!

  • I will have to make a meme for that so they can stick it in their pipe to smoke with a pancake…

  • Hmmmm do I dare say parrot act 1 and 2 just saying

  • “We want to better understand how information goes viral [so we can more effectively spread our own propaganda].”

  • That’s right. Boil that fuckin’ frog. Make it jump.

  • The ministry of thought.

  • I can’t resist… not that I like or hate Obama, and I’m neither D nor R… (Whovians will get it)

  • Whovians will get this one:

  • Like like censorship

  • watch away.

  • A war on Memes!

  • NSA probably already doin this, whats new

  • The Ministry of Information and Absolute Truth will make a statement later.

  • Feds be like..

  • …for political misinformation, just turn on the news….

  • They want to track people telling the truth about their corruption and oppression.

  • Yeah…but you have to remembér its the price of a democracy

  • It is past time to violently remove all government infesting America!!!!!!

  • think this will make it into the database?

  • Katie Davis

  • See this is why I stopped laughing at the tin-foil hat brigade. Because the weirdest shit they can dream up doesn’t compare to what the government is really doing!! And I for one am scared to death of that notion!

  • If our dissenting opinions are so damn concerning, why not just bribe us back into the fold? The bread is stale and the circuses are idiotic, if people aren’t happy, they need enough money for fresh bread and better circuses. They want to do every damn thing except pay money to buy back the loyalties they lost with their bullshit antics and stinginess. Controlling middle eastern oilfields doesn’t mean much to me if I can’t afford to drive a corvette with all that conquered crude. I need a piece of the devil’s pie too, or I’m just going to keep being salty.

  • Thank God we have them to protect us from enemy memes! http://whereswalden.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/meme-gap.jpg

  • Everyone must do at least one…………….


  • Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, unless it is deemed suspicious or challenges official government narratives.

  • If it’s my money they are spending, and it is, then I’m going to make alllll the suspicious memes!

  • Mike Lenk Jr.

  • What if I told you that technology already exists and is already in use? 😉

  • Shall we refer to Bill Clintons Black book?

  • Where do I get one of these crazy a$$ jobs? Probably paying someone 70k a year! Love knowing we’re the Washington criminals say they’re spending my tax dollars.

  • When I was a kid, and the Soviet Union and Russia were the boogy-man, we were told that their governments spied upon them because those governments were paranoid, and feared that the people would revolt. Today, the US is spying at a level that I imagine those two other countries wished they had. At what point will we admit that we are they?

  • Investigate THIS, federal morons

  • Already known. Renaming files annoys them, but isn’t illegal.

  • Better question is who knows whom to have gotten that grant money? A lot of wasted federal grant money is greasing palms of a friend of a friend.

  • here they come…we’ll have no freedom of speech before Obama leaves the White House

  • yer but whwen u get to my age the end is nigh and we have fuck all to lose so we can tell the truth from years of living under so much propoganda and real lies in my own time. a living history..

  • Like this one!

  • They wouldn’t have to worry if they would stop doing criminal activity themselves

  • As in every tyranny before the fall of freedom in the US, people will soon send theirvfamily and friends to their deaths rather than become a target or lose the little material comfort they have left.

  • Yeah duh they see pages like yours and there’s list of however many names of like minded people just handed to them to flag

  • Let the people continue to decide for themselves who is truthful or not. That’s the way it should be.

  • The Feds frolic in NSA fun with the Military Industrial Complex, suck PNAC penis at the Bohemian Club with Vatican pedophile Priests and do the gay CERN dance to Beonce’s Black Panther BLM patriot movement in celebration of the FBI murder in Obama’s Oregon refuge terror attack. Blame it on 9/11 conspiracy truther movement to expand the NDAA and allow rape by the TSA because old woman and children might bomb airports run by air heads determined to achieve death to America as well as UN Agenda 21 and TPP on Trump, Hillary Clinton on Soros Koch Brother watch. Henry Kissinger is Satan who has beastiality sex with a Saudi Arabia goat in a hijab in front of Osama Bin Laden for an ISIS propaganda video. If this post doesn’t work, nothing will.

    • I fucking love it!!! That’s good shit man…..

  • This coming from a government that legalized misinformation and propaganda on its citizens, LOL

  • Fuck the Feds…. We are anonymous we are everywhere and we are coming.

  • lol

  • lol i repeat it again, that government is really fucked up!

  • You ever wish you could go to another planet till all this shit calms down.

  • #DankMemes

  • How about a project to track domestic terrorist memes?

  • I’m sure they’d rather be controlling the flow of “political misinformation”.

  • Bleh – propaganda machine in motion. ‘The govt’ seems quite well versed in disseminating misinformation

  • Cam Alft

    owned by the gov’t and open to the public!?!?!………………..stay away from that site!

  • They do shit like this and still blame food stamps and medicare for the deficit. Asshats!

  • Who is paranoid now?

  • This is why we the people that the constitution was written for need to start gathering a and any information on any law enforment personnel .. We need to no were these assassins are and who they are..

  • such bullshit y’all fall for… so some oddball conspiracy fruitloop writes for a grant and suddenly “The Feds” are databasing memes? no… just a fruitloop … come on people.. THINK!! click on the links…go to the source.. its just dbl speak yo get you up in arms and freak out over nothing… and it worked.

  • Jihad, jihad, ji ha ha ha ha had !

  • Ha ha ha, let ’em spend up big, no doubt the net will catch all those hardened types, ha ha haaa. My near octogenarian mum reposts them a mile a minute. I’d love for her to be in state care, I know she’d get her medical, three squares, OT and everything she needs.

  • Daniel Gravel

    George Orwell was a prophet.