Re: Here we go again...
The Truthy project is fairly benign, and the critics don't really understand it. It has nothing to do with monitoring controversial speech, that isn't the point.
But there is certainly room for criticism. This is just one of many research projects like this, and the implications are chilling. This is part of a new science spawned by social media, and one of the goals is to understand how viral memes propagate on social media. Once the science of viral memes is understood well enough, there will exist a powerful tool for the mass manipulation of unwitting pawns.
This is going to advance the science of advertising greatly, and believe me when I say that science is involved in advertising. But at the same time, this also increases the power of propaganda to quite scary levels.
Social media is not the harmless and convenient tool it pretends to be. It is a tool of mass analysis for lives both private and public, and it will ultimately be a tool of mass manipulation.