Dan Frieth, writing for Reclaim the Net:
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the formation of the board to the House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee on Wednesday, saying: “Our Undersecretary for Policy, Rob Silvers is co-chair with our Principal Deputy General Counsel, Jennifer Gaskell, in leading a just recently constituted misinformation disinformation governance board. So we’re bringing – the goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat.”
Mayorkas said that the new board would fall under the Biden’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and it would have no authority to crack down on disinformation directly and will instead funnel funds to various causes it thinks are impacted by disinformation.
Nina Jankovicz, the woman named as head of the board, made public statements in 2020 that indicate that she “would never want to see the executive branch have these sorts of powers.” And yet, here we are.
We should never give our government powers that we wouldn’t want our opposition party to have access to. I always try to think of government initiatives through that lens because your preferred representative isn’t always going to win elections.
The bottom line is, this is an absolutely awful idea. And feels like a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to subvert the first amendment.