Biden Admin to spend half a million in taxpayer money to detect ‘micro-aggressions’ on social media

The following is an excerpt from The Washington Free Beacon.

The Biden administration is set to dole out more than $550,000 in grants to develop an artificial intelligence model that can automatically detect and suppress microaggressions on social media, government spending records show.

The award, funded through President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, was granted to researchers at the University of Washington in March to develop technologies that could be used to protect online users from discriminatory language.

The researchers have already received $132,000 and expect total government funding to reach $550,436 over the next five years.

The researchers are developing machine-learning models that can analyze social media posts to detect implicit bias and microaggressions, commonly defined as slights that cause offense to members of marginalized groups.

It’s a broad category, but past research conducted by the lead researcher on the University of Washington project suggests something as tame as praising meritocracy could be considered a microaggression.

The Biden administration’s funding of the research comes as the White House faces growing accusations that it seeks to suppress free speech online. 

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton likened the Biden administration’s funding of the artificial intelligence research to the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “censor speech unapproved by the state.” For the Biden administration, Fitton said, the research is a “project to make it easier for their leftist allies to censor speech.”

A spokesman for the National Science Foundation, which issued the research grant, rebuffed criticism of the project, which he said “does not attempt to hamper free speech.”

The project, the spokesman said, creates “automated ways of identifying biases in speech” and addresses the biases of human content moderators.

Conservative watchdog groups raised alarm over the Biden administration’s funding of the research, telling the Washington Free Beacon the project represents a White House effort to curb free speech online.

“It’s not the role of government to police speech that some might find either offensive or emotionally draining,” said Dan Schneider, vice president of the Media Research Center’s free speech division. “Government is supposed to be protecting our rights, not suppressing our rights.”

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5 thoughts on “Biden Admin to spend half a million in taxpayer money to detect ‘micro-aggressions’ on social media”

  1. I wish the Biden administration and DOJ would help me get Millions in recovered damages from these people invading my privacy and Harrasing me and stealing History making Formulas and other Idea’s since ? Cyber crime Tyrranny..I’ve tried for years to get Attorney involved all I ever got was excuses ? Tv reporter nice Lady Erin Andrews got 6 1\2 Million dollars in damages when somebody got caught doing these kinds of things to her just one time ??

  2. Truly we are done for. How can we ever survive this attack on everything that has kept us a free nation for nearly 250 years? No going back. The big question is whether we’ll see 1863 again.

  3. Rush said the left never ever quits, It can never be satisfied. For examples: homosexuality to same sex marriage to transgenderism to drag Queen shows for children. Who knows what’s next but there will always be a next. As for the left’s need to control language and speech, the State is doing everything possible to establish the Ministry of Truth. Anywhere it finds a crack of entry it will seek to enter. Whatever acceptable name for the ministry, whatever noble sounding justification, but they will have control of what is said and heard. If you cannot predict what will happen, look to the CCP for the blueprint for ultimate control. The CCP’s justification for censorship is to “promote peace and harmony”.

  4. This is simple just like teachers unions work for teachers not students. Political parties work for their party not for the citizens. The Democrat Party has decided their party can remain in power by censorship. The censorship is strictly targeted against any opposition.

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