Feds fund group to develop software to turn average Americans into ‘misinformation’ taskforce

The liberals’ war on so-called “misinformation” is as relentless as it is Orwellian, and just when you think it can’t get any worse, the federal government has handed a group of so-called “journalists” $5 million to design software aimed at getting average Americans to confront their friends’ “harmful” social media posts and correct them with text the developers suggest.

In other words, they are creating a legion of Karens, supplying them with Easy Buttons, and setting them loose on the internet.

The five mil went from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — whose mission is to “protect and improve human health” —  to a group led by Hacks/Hackers, which, according to its website is an “international grassroots community of people who seek to inspire and inform each other to build the future of media.”

From that, the Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust (ARTT), “a suite of expert-informed resources that are intended to provide guidance and encouragement to individuals and communities as they address contentious or difficult topics online,” was born, according to Hacks/Hackers.

The group, which will now be doing its level best to squash free speech in America, is based in Dublin, Ireland, according to crunchbase.com.

The Daily Wire reports, “Users are encouraged to paste in their friends’ Twitter and Facebook posts, and the tool will tell them how ‘harmful’ they are. Then it ‘suggests relevant responses through tailored response examples or templates’ that the user should copy and paste as a reply, according to a video demonstrating the software.”

(Video: YouTube)

“Every day there are motivated citizens, like librarians, health communicators, and amateur volunteers, who engage with the misinformation that is posted by their peers and make efforts to share reliable information to empower their communities,” the video states.

The user-friendly prompts read like something out of “Dystopia for Dummies.”

“ARTT says it uses psychology techniques to change people’s views,” the Daily Wire reports, “though when purveyors of ‘misinformation’ do similar, the ARTT tool calls it ‘psychological manipulation tactics.'”

In a second ARTT video, the group explains that it is more effective to have friends influence people’s views than it is to have social media companies do it for them.

“That’s why we want to focus on these peer connections when it comes to having these conversations online … Instead of coming to you from the platform, it’s actually coming to you from a friend,” the video states.

(Video: YouTube)

Journalists like the ones behind ARTT “want to remove dissenting views from the internet and leave the rest in a state of reprogramming,” according to Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center, a watchdog group that monitors bias in the media.

“For a profession that’s allegedly taught to oppose a herd mentality, they sure seem hell-bent on creating manufactured consensus,” he stated, adding that the NSF is acting like “a weapon to be wielded against the American people.”

The $5 million ARTT funding is part of the NSF’s larger Convergence Accelerator program, which focuses on “Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems,” and according to the NSF, it is “very hands-on with our funded researchers.”

“Modern life depends on access to communications systems that offer trustworthy and accurate information,” the agency stated. “The Convergence Accelerator is funding tools and techniques to help the nation effectively prevent, mitigate and adapt to critical threats to communication systems.”

Meanwhile, Hacks/Hackers is also “organizing Wikipedia censors to determine who is a ‘credible source’ on vaccines, and block anyone else from being cited on the online encyclopedia,” the Daily Wire reported. “Job ads for the project do not require that applicants have any expertise in medicine.”

On Wikipedia, the Daily Wire continued, “liberal outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, and The Atlantic all marked ‘reliable.’ Conservative sites, including The Daily Wire, Daily Mail, Epoch Times, and The Federalist, are all classified as either ‘unreliable’ or ‘conspiracy.'”

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service


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