- The Department of Homeland Security introduced a “disinformation” board final week, prompting criticism.
- Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stated the board won’t monitor US residents.
- He stated it is a continuation of labor DHS has been doing since earlier than the Biden administration.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated Sunday the company might have finished a greater job speaking its newly introduced Disinformation Governance Board.
The board was introduced on Wednesday and is meant to counter misinformation that poses a nationwide safety concern, equivalent to Russian disinformation or misinformation unfold to migrants by smugglers.
“The spread of disinformation can affect border security, Americans’ safety during disasters, and public trust in our democratic institutions,” DHS stated in a press release to The Associated Press.
The disinformation board drew swift criticism from conservatives, sparking considerations over policing speech. Some drew comparisons to the “Ministry of Truth” from George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”
Mayorkas addressed a few of these considerations in an interview on Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“We could have done a better job of communicating what it is and what it isn’t,” Mayorkas stated of the board, including that “it’s a working group” that may take a look at finest practices to handle “disinformation that presents a threat to the security of our country” in approach that does not “infringe on free speech” or “on civil liberties.”
Those finest practices will then be shared with US officers who’ve operational authority to fight such threats. He stated the board itself won’t have any “operational authority.”
Host Chuck Todd requested concerning the controversial choice to have Nina Jankowicz lead the board. Jankowicz, a disinformation skilled, has been accused of getting a political bias.
Mayorkas stated she was an “eminently qualified individual” and a “recognized expert on battling the threat of disinformation that presents a threat to the security of our homeland from Russia, from China, from Iran, from the cartels.”
Mayorkas additionally appeared on CNN to handle considerations concerning the board and stated it will not monitor American residents, including that it is a continuation of labor Homeland Security has been doing since earlier than the Biden administration.