The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag.
“Truthy,” the nearly $1 million research project being conducted by the University of Indiana, has redesigned its website following the Washington Free Beacon’s initial report on the study.
The service is intended to monitor “suspicious memes” and “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.
Truthy has received increased media attention since Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai published an editorial last week warning that the project could be misused. “The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel,” he wrote.