Another day, another White House “misinformation” task force.
The Biden administration on Thursday formed a new Internet policy task force – headed by Vice President Kamala Harris – aimed at protecting “political figures” and journalists from “misinformation”, “abuse” and “harassment”. Includes “developing programs and policies.” “
The move follows a devastating April rollout by the Department of Homeland Security’s own misinformation governance board, which was halted out of anger over a perceived move toward government-led Internet censorship.
A presidential memorandum setting up a new task force outlines a broader mission to protect those seeking a role in public life from online critics.
“In the United States and around the world, women and LGBTQI + political leaders, public figures, activists, and journalists are particularly targeted for sexual harassment and sexual abuse of those who exercise their human rights and democracy. It undermines their ability to participate in governance and civic life, “says Memo.
“Online abuse and harassment, aimed at preventing women from making political decisions about their own lives and communities, undermines the work of democracy.”
The new task force includes members of Biden’s other heavyweights, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Merkas, Attorney General Merck Garland and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The panel will hold its first meeting on Thursday afternoon. Within 180 days, it will present a blueprint to President Biden outlined[es] A comprehensive government approach to prevent and combat gender-based violence with technology, including concrete steps taken by executive departments, agencies and offices to implement the task force’s recommendations.
The document states that within a year, the board will issue a report with “additional recommendations and measures” that will suggest broader measures to be taken through Internet platforms, state and local governments and schools. can.
In April, Biden was criticized for creating a “dystopian” misinformation bureau under the DHS, which many saw as a way for the government to have free online police speech.
Conservatives have criticized the “misinformation governance board” and noted its timing – following Elon Musk’s commitment to make Twitter a free speech haven through its 44 billion takeover of the social media platform. Notorious for selectively censoring right-leaning views.
There was also the selection of Nina Djankovic, a “disinformation expert” who had previously tried to spread suspicions about The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop, October. He told the Associated Press in 2020 that it should be seen as “the product of the Trump campaign.”
In addition, Jankowicz in 2016 dismissed claims that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump belonged to the Kremlin-linked Alpha Bank, a charge leveled at special counsel John Clinton at the center of Clinton’s campaign trial. Was charged by The drum of lying to the FBI.
The Tsar was also fired from February 2021 for a bizarre tic-tac-toe performance in which he changed the lyrics of “Mary Poppins” song “Supercalifragilistic Expalidocious” to fake news.
Within a month, he and the panel were disbanded.
In a press conference Wednesday evening, a Biden administration official said the new task force conflicts with the government’s information board, saying “we are focusing specifically on online activities that are illegal.” Such as cyber-stalking or dissenting distribution of intimate images, or targeted harassment. “
However, the panel’s memo explains a broader mission and specifically criticizes public figures – who find it more difficult to sue for defamation in the US legal system for allowing political speech. And also because they searched for the spotlight.
The memo states, “The task force will work in all executive departments, agencies, and offices to investigate and address online harassment and abuse that may lead to gender-based violence through technology.” Create, including; developing programs and policies to combat online harassment, abuse, and misinformation campaigns targeting women and LGBTQI + individuals who are public and political figures in the United States and globally, governmental And there are civic leaders, activists and journalists.
In April, Taylor Lorenz, a reporter who specializes in covering Internet culture in the Washington Post, received a lot of attention for her allegations of online harassment – sympathy from some and criticism from others who take note. That digital trolls come with a working area on major news outlets. .
Lawrence, a former New York Times journalist who burst into tears on MSNBC when she mentioned “harassment” online, then Post an article Revealing the identity of the social media user, accusing her of “docking” the anonymous woman, who runs the Twitter account “Libs of TikTok”.
“Doxxing” is a term used to describe the process of posting personal information to people who wish to remain anonymous. Critics have accused Lawrence of hypocrisy when he claims to have visited the woman’s relatives’ homes to ask questions.
The “Libs of TikTok” account, which posts TikTok videos on behalf of the Liberals and has more than 662,500 followers, posted a picture of Lorenz outside the home of a relative.
Defending his decision to reveal the woman’s identity, Lorenz tweeted: “Reporters make phone calls, send messages, show locations, and knock on doors when reporting a story. Reported on, using every tool I have, to make sure I have the right woman.