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Government Sponsors Truthy Study of Twitter

By Babette Boliek

The debate over the National Science Foundation study of Twitter is getting off track. The sole issue at stake is whether it is appropriate for the government to fund Truthy — no matter how worthwhile it may be.

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Government Sponsors Truthy Study of Twitter By Babette Boliek 10/21/2014
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