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    Federal Funds Used to Research 'Hate Speech' on Gab

    Federal Funds Used to Research ‘Hate Speech’ on Gab

    Researchers at USC used federal funds to compile a “corpus” of “hate speech” on Gab, the First Amendment-friendly social media network that provides an alternative to increasingly censorious platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

    Titled “The Gab Hate Corpus: A collection of 27k posts annotated for hate speech,” the project involved over a dozen researchers and was sponsored by funds from the National Science Foundation, a federal body that distributes taxpayer money to fund scientific research, including “social sciences.”

    The current NSF director is an Obama appointee, France A. Córdova. The NSF’s budget in 2020 was increased by 2.5 percent on the previous year, to $8.28 billion. Part of that taxpayer money, it seems, is now going to study “hate speech” on Gab.

    “The growing prominence of online hate speech is a threat to a safe and just society,” declares the study. “This endangering phenomenon requires collaboration across the sciences in order to generate evidence-based knowledge of, and policies for, the dissemination of hatred in online spaces.”

    The report also claims to “establish baseline classification performance for each using standard natural language processing methods.” Natural language processing is a subfield of linguistics, AI and computer science that among other things involves training AIs how to recognize and analyze human speech.

    In a statement, Gab slammed the researchers for “cherrypicking” items of speech from its website.

    “These researchers used federal funds to highlight 27,000 posts out of more than 93,000,000 on our site (0.029%) to promote the online censorship of American citizens,” said a Gab spokesman.

    “Gab has over 3 million visitors, users, and customers from around the world. Our fastest-growing markets are the United States, India, and Spain. Our users have diverse ideological, cultural, and social perspectives. Studies like this seek to gaslight millions of great people in our community based on a negligible fraction of posts on the site.”

    “For years now yellow journalists and shoddy researchers have consistently cherry-picked individual users or small groups on our site in an effort to discredit our mission, which is to protect the First Amendment online and empower everyone to speak freely and securely.”

    “They have failed and will continue to fail. Gab will continue to build people-powered solutions to Big Tech bias and online censorship.”




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    Wonder if they will go after Skadi on Gab. I'm not sure how helpful that place is. It seems like a blog for practically one person.

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    Gab is like Twitter, a shortmessage service, where you can put together your own "timeline" of newsfeeds or people. Recently, the post message size was expanded to 3000 signs, so you can even have longer threads almost like on a forum, which boosted the actual discussion/conversation quality quite a lot.
    There are also "groups" dedicated to a certain topic and an untracked, encrypted, private chat was added too.

    After they had been deplatformed by Silicon Valley ~2 years ago, they've reprogrammed the whole thing onto the Mastodon server distribution, with the great support of the last "big" tech company willing to support freespeech (Rob Monster, who's put a lot of his own money into the project too). So they cant be deplatformed anymore, and there's no censorship.

    They're pretty serious about fighting for a free and decentralised internet. They certainly are helpful, and they'd be even more helpful in combatting the leftist echo-chamber of twitter/fb etc if they'd get more support, ie more people signing up and making use of the system so that alternative voices to the "narrative" are still out there and cant be silenced anymore.

    If twitter isnt useful for you personally, gab wont be either. If you miss twitter because you have been purged, gab is the place to go.
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