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Tulsi Gabbard suggests ex-president behind Biden’s disinfo board — Analysis

The former Hawaii congresswoman has blasted the new disinformation org as a “propaganda arm” of the government

Ex-Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard has claimed that former President Barack Obama is behind the White House’s new Disinformation Governance Board, suggesting the current commander in chief is merely a figurehead for the project. 

“Biden is just a front man,”Gabbard tweeted on Sunday that he shared footage from an April 21st speech of former President Obama. “disinformation and challenges to democracy in the digital realm.”

“Obama, April 21: social media censors ‘don’t go far enough,’ so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the ‘Ministry of Truth’ (aka Disinformation Governance Board),”Gabbard claimed, “Later.” callingDemocrats must oppose the “propaganda board.”

Obama stated that social media platforms had made efforts to combat this in the Stanford University speech. “dangerous content”That “should be applauded,”Moderation decisions “shouldn’t be left solely to private interests.”

“These decisions affect all of us, and just like every other industry that has a big impact in our society, that means these big platforms need to be subject to some level of public oversight and regulation,”He stated.

Obama has increased warnings regarding online disinformation over the past weeks. speechesThis issue will be available in the print edition this month. conferenceOrganized by the Obama Foundation for Discussion “creative solutions”To the problem.

According to the Biden administration, last week the Disinformation Governance Board was announced. The board will function under the Department of Homeland Security. Officials have confirmed that the board will be independent. “monitor”Supposed “disinformation”You can order online “nonpartisan” “apolitical”Its full extent is still unclear, despite clarifications later from Alejandro Mayorkas (DHS chief).

Pressed on exactly how the board will operate during a sit-down with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, Mayorkas would only say that it would not violate the rights of Americans or spy on citizens.

“It works to ensure that the way in which we address threats – the connectivity between threats and acts of violence, are addressed without infringing on free speech, protecting civil rights and civil liberties, the right of privacy,”He stated. “The board, this working group, will draw from best practices and communicate those best practices to the operators.”

Critics were quick to denounce the new disinformation board as akin to the thought-policing Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s ‘1984’, with Gabbard previously dubbingIt is a state “propaganda arm.”Although the White House refuted this assertion, it insists that the board was never created. “adjudicate what is true or false, online or otherwise.”

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