U.S. Government Disinformation Board put on “pause” and the board’s controversial director resigns from the position

According to a report from the Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security’s newly-created disinformation board has been paused and the board’s controversial executive director, Nina Jankowicz, has resigned.

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The Department of Homeland Security disinformation board was paused just three weeks after being announced.

The announcement of the DHS disinformation board was met by fierce resistance and condemnation by freedom of speech advocates. 

The board was said to be used to combat misinformation and disinformation that “can affect border security, Americans’ safety during disasters, and public trust in our democratic institutions.”

According to a report, the DHS paused the board on Monday, May 16, and Nina Jankowicz handed in a resignation letter by Tuesday, May 17.

Recently, Nina Jankowicz said that verified Twitter users should be able to edit other individual’s Twitter accounts, stating that “Verified people can essentially start to ‘edit’ Twitter [in] the same sort of way that Wikipedia is so they can add context to certain tweets,” because “there are a lot of people who shouldn’t be verified, who aren’t legit”. 

The board has yet to be formally shut down, however, it will be “paused” until it is reviewed by the DHS advisory council that should make recommendations on the board’s future in 75 days.

Online users and civil liberties advocates have mirrored the disinformation board with Orwell’s 1984 “Ministry of Truth”.

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