Thought Police alarm: U.S. urges you to confront friends’ ‘misinformation’

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from WND:

DHS meanwhile targeting ‘terror threat’ from ‘false’ COVID, election ‘narratives’

The Biden administration has awarded $5 million to a group of journalists developing software to encourage Americans to confront their friends over “harmful” posts and to “correct misinformation” such as stating the COVID-19 vaccines are not effective.

The group, called Hacks/Hackers, also is organizing censorship of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, to determine who is a “credible source” on vaccines and block others from being cited, the Daily Wire reported.

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Users of the taxpayer-funded software – the Analysis and Response Toolkit for Trust, or ARTT – are encouraged to paste in their friends’ Twitter and Facebook posts. The tool will tell them how “harmful” the posts are.

The funding came from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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ARTT, according to the federally funded group, is 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.”

A video explaining AART says the software is facilitating “interventions by distributed local actors” in the effort to combat “misinformation” on social media.

“Discussions around vaccine efficacy are a prime example of the information challenge online,” the narrator says.

Significantly, the Department of Homeland Security said in a Feb. 7 National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin that “key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment include” the “proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions.”

Among the specific threats are “widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19.”

“Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021,” DHS said.

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