The University of Southern California conducted an extensive study on alleged “hate speech” on the social media platform Gab, and did so using taxpayer dollars, according to Breitbart.
The private California university used funds from the National Science Foundation, which distributes public funds to various scientific studies. The NSF is currently run by an Obama-era holdover named France Cordova. The study, conducted by over a dozen researchers at the university, was released under the title “The Gab Hate Corpus: A collection of 27K posts annotated for hate speech.”
The study declares that “the growing prominence of online hate speech is a threat to a safe and just society,” and also says that this alleged issue must be combatted with “collaboration across the sciences in order to generate evidence-based knowledge of, and policies for, the dissemination of hatred in online spaces.”
A Gab spokesperson responded to the study by pointing out how it cherrypicked 27,000 posts from the site “out of more than 93 million on our site,” and that the study’s sole purpose is to “gaslight millions of great people in our community based on a negligible fraction of posts on the site.” He concluded the statement by promising that “Gab will continue to build people-powered solutions to Big Tech bias and online censorship.”
Gab was founded in 2016 as an alternative to the micro-blogging platform Twitter, which has a well-documented bias against conservatives and has repeatedly censored right-wing figures for no reason. As such, Gab has repeatedly and falsely been accused of being a “far-right” website because of its strong commitment to freedom of speech.