The College Fix: DOJ funds $953K university project on ‘dis/misinformation campaigns’

February 20, 2024

The College Fix

Clemson University is using federal funds to create technology meant to track what researchers consider to be patterns of “mis-, dis-, and mal-information (MDM)” by internet users.

Researchers said they are taking steps to ensure their work is unbiased, but two watchdog groups argued the project could be used to silence speech online.

“The federal government’s involvement in policing so-called ‘disinformation,’ or what some of us would call inconvenient truths, should send a chill down everyone’s spine,” Mike Davis, founder and president of the Internet Accountability Project, told The Fix. “And it’s plainly unconstitutional.”

Davis, former Chief Counsel for Nominations to U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, said censorship is a likely result of such projects.

“Leftists fear free speech and open debate, so they fight through their allies in the Washington bureaucracy to cancel those with whom they disagree,” he told The Fix.

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