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Hagel Wastes $ Millions on Justin Bieber Study Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jul 8, 2014, 10:11 PM

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to spend millions of American taxpayers' dollars to learn the social media influence of the pop star Justin Bieber. Can you beliebe it?

Russia Today reports that, "The Pentagon’s research lab has funded dozens of studies concerning the use of social media, the Guardian reported on Tuesday, raising further questions about what kind of data is of interest to governments around the globe."

The Guardian of London is quoted as saying that, “While some elements of the multi-million dollar project might raise a wry smile – research has included analysis of the tweets of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, in an attempt to understand influence on Twitter – others have resulted in the buildup of massive datasets of tweets and additional types social media posts.

According to Russia Today, "Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science, Ben Quinn and James Ball at the Guardian wrote this week that DARPA — the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site, as well as users of Twitter, Pinterest, Kickstarter and others."

Apparently, Hagel is a Bieber fan.

To read the entire article from Russia Today, link here:

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