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Temple U. receives $750K in federal funds to warn journalists against reporting news that might have “unintended negative outcomes” (e.g., “polarizing discourse,” “misinformation,” “false narratives”)

Your tax dollars at work (to kill you).

Issue: October 24, 2021
University receives $750k of federal funds to stop reporters from creating “negative unintended outcomes”
The government continues to get involved with shaping journalism.

By Christina Maas
Posted 10:47 am
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Researchers at Temple University received $750,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a tool that warns journalists that they are about to publish polarizing content. The NSF is a federal government agency focused on supporting research and education in non-medical fields of engineering and science.


The initiative is part of NSF’s “Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems.” It is called the “America’s Fourth Estate at Risk: A System for Mapping the (local) Journalism Life Cycle to Rebuild the Nation’s News Trust.”


The focus of the project, according to a report on Campus Reform, is creating a system that alerts journalists that the content they are about to publish might have “negative unintended outcomes” such as “the triggering of uncivil, polarizing discourse, audience misinterpretation, the production of misinformation, and the perpetuation of false narratives.”

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