Mayorkas admits he ‘could have done a better job’ explaining mission of ‘disinformation’ board

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Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated “there’s no question” he might have extra successfully communicated the aim of his newly-created “disinformation” board after critics framed it as a crackdown on free speech.  

Mayorkas stated on “Daily Post Sunday” that the Biden administration “could have done a better job in communicating what it does.”

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during an April 2022 House hearing.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies throughout an April 2022 Home listening to.
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Mayorkas introduced that DHS created a Disinformation Governance Board to fight on-line disinformation throughout his testimony Wednesday earlier than the Home Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Safety.

“The goal is to bring the resources of [DHS] together to address this threat,” he stated throughout the listening to, including that the division is targeted on the unfold of disinformation in minority communities forward of the 2022 midterm elections.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington.

Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington.
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Mayorkas defined Sunday that the board particularly addresses “disinformation that presents a security threat to the homeland.”

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“Disinformation from Russia, from China, from Iran, from the cartels,” he stated. 

“This is a working group that takes best practices to make sure that, in addressing disinformation that presents a threat to the homeland, our work does not infringe on free speech, does not infringe on civil rights, civil liberties,” he continued. “It’s not about speech, it’s about the connectivity to violence. That is what we need to address. You know, an individual has the free speech right to spew anti-Semitic rhetoric. What they don’t have the right to do is take hostages in a synagogue, and that’s where we get involved.”

Nina Jankowicz will be the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board.

Nina Jankowicz would be the govt director of the Division of Homeland Safety’s Disinformation Governance Board.
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Mayorkas stated he had full religion within the objectivity of Nina Jankowicz, the board’s govt director, who confronted backlash this week for previous tweets in regards to the Hunter Biden laptop computer story and Christopher Steele’s debunked file.

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“I don’t question her objectivity,” Mayorkas stated Sunday. “There are people in the department who have a diverse range of views, and they’re incredibly dedicated to the mission. We’re not the opinion police. She has testified before Congress a number of times, she’s recognized as a tremendous authority, and we’re very fortunate to have her.”

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