Biden administration unveils ‘Disinformation Governance Board’
Elon Musk and Twitter reached a deal to acquire Twitter. This is a move that restores freedom of speech via social media.
President Joe Biden’s administration is expanding the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) purview to include fighting speech that the government deems to be “disinformation.”
The plans were announced Wednesday by Alejandro Mayorkas (DHS chief) at a congressional hearing. His department created the initiative. “disinformation governance board.”Nina Jankowicz will lead the board. Her resume also includes stints as an advisor to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, and overseeing programs for Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute.
“Cat’s out of the bag,” JankowiczTweeted by the author. “Here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months, and why I’ve been a bit quiet on here.”
Mayorkas revealed the creation of the board in answer to questions about the use of disinformation to influence elections. However, it is believed that the new board will be focused on countering this. “misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia.”
Two days after Elon Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur, agreed to purchase Twitter for $44billion, the administration launched its disinformation campaign. Musk has pledged to return freedom of speech to the platform. It has previously banted prominent conservative voices.
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiBiden was interviewed by reporters Monday about his Twitter deal. “has long been concerned about the power of large social media platforms”I will also urge Congress to adopt steps to combat misinformation online.
Ironically, Jankowicz promoted false information about the alleged Biden scandal weeks before the 2020 election, saying the New York Post’s suppressed story had been branded a “Russian influence op”former intelligence officials. It was also called “a report by former intelligence officials”. “Trump campaign product”And warned that Trump supporter’s would arrive at the polls with weaponry to intimidate voters. Other major media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times later confirmed the emails that were the basis for the Biden story.
Responding to news of Musk’s Twitter takeover on Monday, Jankowicz said, “I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities, which are already shouldering disproportionate amounts of this abuse.”
NEWS: DHS is officially launching its own Ministry of Truth, or the so-called "Disinformation Governance Board."
Nina Jankowicz is the executive director of this board. "Free speech absolutists" make her "shudder," so everything should be fine. pic.twitter.com/wVc7hEBX11
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) April 27, 2022
Jankowicz called Musk a “must” last December “online abuser”According to them, the best way to stop such behaviour is “to deny them influence and notoriety.”She has also defended speech regulation, saying: “The ‘free speech vs censorship’ framing is a false dichotomy.”