Once again, the Biden Administration is trying to put its finger on the scales of public discourse; once again, it will cause potentially irreparable damage to the legacy of free speech.
The federal government is kicking $5 million dollars to a group of journalists called Hacks/Hackers to implement fact-checking resources for everyday folks on social media.
This, from the Hacks/Hackers website:
Hacks/Hackers is a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with dozens of groups (and counting) and thousands of members across four continents (and counting). Our mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.
A faceless group attempting to “rethink” news and information? Suspicious. Go on…
Our mission is to spread knowledge. information and ideas. Local group activities currently include talks, hackathons and demo days (just to get to know each other). We are also known to throw awesome parties with great DJs.
Sounds…awful. And it doesn’t sound like they want to deliver the news —it sounds like they want to control it (and throw parties with terrible music).
The Daily Wire cuts through the webpage jargon and paints a clear picture as to what these hacks are planning to do —and it sounds like they want you to fight with, to crib the Biden Administration’s Thanksgiving message, that one crazy uncle.
Hacks/Hackers will “develop software that will encourage regular Americans to confront their friends over ‘harmful’ posts, and “correct misinformation” by replying with text suggested by the software,” DW reports.
“The group 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. Job ads for the project do not require that applicants have any expertise in medicine,” DW adds.
This is clearly a disaster waiting to happen —heck, it’s already happening. This is Nina Jankowicz on steroids; it turns every American on social media into their own Disinformation Governance Board.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave Hacks/Hackers $5 million to develop “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,” according to H/H.
They are providing “expert-informed” resources for Americans to reference and encouraging them to post information from those resources into replies to people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
“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,” DW reports.
“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 said.
They want to give these people the ability to change opinions online using “psychological manipulation tactics.”
What a mess. Somebody get Jim Jordan on the phone.