Science Committee Chairman: NSF shouldn't study Twitter political discussion

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) on Tuesday blasted a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to study political messages on Twitter.

According to reports, the project, which is led by researchers at Indiana University, has received about $1 million in federal dollars to analyze "subversive propaganda" that leads to misinformation.

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The Texas Republican expressed concern that a federally funded study was analyzing how people communicate information.

"The government has no business using taxpayer dollars to support limiting free speech on Twitter and other social media," Smith said.

Smith said that his panel is reviewing how the National Science Committee decides to award grants.

"The NSF is out of touch and out of control," Smith said. "The Science Committee is investigating how this grant came to be awarded taxpayer dollars."

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