Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file
Last week, it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security had put together a Disinformation Governance Board, which was so chilling, even the department’s Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged they could have done a better job explaining it. Unfortunately, Mayorkas’ explanations didn’t help, and the more we hear about those involved , the worse the whole idea sounds. Sure enough, Democratic allies in the mainstream media, in this case, the editorial board of The Washington Post, is assuring we have no place freaking out over such government restrictions.
On Tuesday, the editorial board posted their view, to ” Ignore the hysteria over the Disinformation Governance Board .”
The editorial itself is brief and somewhat useless. It hardly strikes confidence. Here’s how they try though, with added emphasis: The Disinformation Governance Board, (whose acronym is the Soviet-sounding DGB) is supposed to aid coordination among DHS offices as they counter viral lies and propaganda that pose a threat to domestic security. Done right , this is a useful function. Mr. Mayorkas mentioned campaigns by human smugglers targeting migrants to trick the Haitian community into thinking they could enter the United States without risk of deportation. Russia’s persistent efforts to influence U.S. elections are well known. Studying the “best practices” for stymying these attempts and sharing them with government actors could do a great deal of good.
What the board is not tasked to do is to establish what is true and what is false, or to push Internet services or anyone else to rake a tougher line on expression in general. Indeed, the board has no operational authority at all.
Already, components of the agency are gathering knowledge about what rumors are circulating so that they might respond. They, as well as government actors charged with disseminating the facts […]
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