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Biden admin ‘suspends’ controversial disinformation governance committee: report

The Biden administration has reportedly suspended the controversial Disinformation Governance Council plan after facing criticism from free speech advocates and conservatives.

The Homeland Security Council, which will be led by Director Nina Jankowitz, will be tasked with combating the spread of “false information” that “could impact border security, the safety of Americans in a disaster, and the public’s trust in our democratic institutions.”

But amid backlash from Republicans and some liberals, who likened the board to an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth,” the Washington Post reported Wednesday that the initiative had been shelved.

Jankovic had written a resignation letter by Tuesday, according to reports that the Department of Homeland Security decided Monday to close the committee. DHS officials then reportedly offered Jankovic the chance to stay, and she is evaluating her options, The Washington Post reported.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Critics liken the disinformation committee, headed by Nina Jankowicz, to the “Ministry of Truth.”

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security told The Washington Post that Jankowitz “received unreasonable and vile personal attacks and physical threats” and said she was “very qualified.”

Jankowicz has come under fire from conservatives for ideas including letting “verified” Twitter users “edit” other users’ tweets if they think they are misleading.

Jankowicz told participants in a Zoom chat that she had been “verified” by Twitter, before adding that “there are a lot of people who shouldn’t be verified, they’re not legitimate” because “they’re not trustworthy.”

The Department of Homeland Security reportedly decided Monday to close the committee.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy talks about his attempt to terminate the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Management Committee on May 11, 2022.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy talks about his attempt to terminate the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Management Committee on May 11, 2022.
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“Verified people can basically start ‘editing’ tweets [in] Like Wikipedia, they can add context to certain tweets,” Jankowicz said.

Elon Musk, who is trying to take over Twitter, called Jankowitz’s comments “disturbing.”

US News.

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