FBI Create Database Listing People Who Create Anti-Government Memes

FBI create a database listing everybody who create anti-government internet memes capable of causing 'political dissent'

The FBI have joined forces with the National Science Foundation and invested $1 million dollars into a project aimed at gathering information on people who share anti-governemnt internet meme’s online.

The goals of the project, according to the FBI, are:

“The project is aimed at modeling the diffusion of information online and empirically discriminating among models of mechanisms driving the spread of memes.

We explore why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten. Our analysis goes beyond the traditional approach of applied epidemic diffusion processes and focuses on cascade size distributions and popularity time series in order to model the agents and processes driving the online diffusion of information, including: users and their topical interests, competition for user attention, and the chronological age of information. Completion of our project will result in a better understanding of information flow and could assist in elucidating the complex mechanisms that underlie a variety of human dynamics and organizations.

The analysis will involve studying meme diffusion in large-scale social media by collecting and analyzing massive streams of public micro-blogging data.

The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly. Our data will be made available via 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.

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They will use a system called Truthy, which will comprise of a group that will track and differentiate memes made by online users with particular focus on those who are “political activists”. Their goal is to eliminate false or misleading political information from social media.

Other research carried out by the project includes analyses of meme propagation in specific countries as well as attempting to understand the viral nature of online posts that publicly condemn the government on issues such as the migrant crisis, and figuring out why ‘subversive’ groups such as the Occupy Wall Street movement are so popular.

Superstation95.com reports:

Even more suspiciously, one of the stated endgame goals of the project is to share the machine learning techniques gained from Truthy with future mass social media studies carried out by government and academia.

Curiously missing though from Truthy’s online dating profile is that she’s married to the FBI and LOVES sharing your dirty online secrets with her husband and his friends in Washington. Beginning in the Fall of 2014 Truthy began databasing not only suspicious memes but also the identity of their creators where the information will remain “forever, regardless of their innocence or guilt, or their intentions.” said lead FBI agent Paul Horner.  “This database will be shared with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies.”

“forever, regardless of their innocence or guilt, or their intentions. This database will be shared with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies.”

  • Dan1369

    “Their goal is to eliminate false or misleading political information from social media.”

    All political information is false or misleading. Duh.

  • Susan Pippin

    Once again the FBI proves they are only working to preserve the status quo. Occupy Wall Street was not a subversive group. Wall Street is a subversive group. Corporate CEO’s are subversive groups. Politicians and agencies that serve the corporate agenda are a subversive group. They need to get their facts straight, it is not subversive to want corrupt leaders and groups to go to jail for their corruption. It is not subversive to want to stop the destruction of the planet. It is subversive to protect the entities that are destroying the planet and the government, so if the FBI is going to protect the criminals in this country, what does that make them if not another subversive group? They really should decide just where their loyalties lie. It is their children and grandchildren that have to grow up in the pile of crap the billionaires are creating so they can line their pockets with our labor and resources.

    • Your1Friend

      How profoundly correct you are, SP.

  • Daniel T. Callahan

    So…essentially studying information dissemination on the internet so that you can better manipulate it for your own propaganda increasing the effectiveness of your astroturfing drones? Nice.

    • https://twitter.com/coachanthony79 coachanthony

      I read the details on the NSF link…….. “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.”

      “Subversive Propoganda”???? Subversive in whose eyes? By what constraints? Wow, and this has been going on since 2011.

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  • Jennifer Werther

    How to thwart anti-government memes – stop the corruption! End tyrannous actions. The Libertarian Party will work within the constructs to do just this. There will always be anti-gov memes as long as the gov is used as a tool more and more against the liberty of the people. Want to fight anti-gov memes – fight your own corruption, cronyism, and lobby politics. Or we will have to do it from within anyway and it will just take longer.

  • Benjamin Durka

    911 was an inside job. Buy guns now.

  • Guest

    Uh, guys…the article you link to that you believe establishes the “FBI” link? The “National Report” site? That site is FAKE NEWS. This isn’t just satire, or a kernel of truth, it’s FAKE NEWS. Like, literally made up. National Report makes money (from clicks and ads) by creating fake news articles it knows will outrage people and get shared widely.

    This is an academic study about how memes spread, funded by the National Science Foundation. It has nothing to do with law enforcement, the FBI, DHS, or anything else. Believe it or not, people do actually create and spread memes that are 100% false, or partially false, that go viral. And it’s perfectly legitimate to study why and how false ideas spread.

    Sort of like this one.

  • http://www.massmurdermedia.rocks LemmySkynyrd/MASSMURDERMEDIA

    “If we can’t rely on the veracity of the internet then I truly fear for our nation’s enlightenment.”
    Benjamin Franklin
    Poor Richard’s Almanac .com

  • Ed Hall

    I openly advocate on facebook the overthrow of our corrupt government in Washington. All my posts are public. To date no one has said a thing. Guess they aren’t looking that hard 🙂

  • Evil Genius

    “ Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation. ”

    — George Carlin

  • https://www.facebook.com/MikeLorrey4NHLeg mikelorrey

    It’s not like I wasn’t already on govt databases

  • Joy

    In other words, they are invading our privacy in the name of research or security. If they would simply do their job and protect our borders, we wouldn’t have to give up our privacy.

    I’m sure I’m already in the database. I’ll load you up, friends.