Psaki says disinformation board shall be ‘nonpartisan,’ ‘apolitical’


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White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the federal authorities’s newly created “disinformation” board will function in a “nonpartisan,” “apolitical” method amid criticisms that the Biden administration is cracking down on free speech.

Throughout her every day press briefing Monday, Psaki was requested to elucidate the duties of the Division of Homeland Safety’s Disinformation Governance Board, which she mentioned is constant the work of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA) that was established throughout the DHS by former President Donald Trump in 2018. Trump fired the director of CISA following the 2020 election after the company publicly disputed claims of widespread voter fraud.


White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Washington.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki speaks throughout a press briefing on the White Home, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Washington.
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“What this would do is continue [CISA’s] work, and it would help coordinate internal activities from the department related to disinformation that poses a threat to the homeland,” Psaki mentioned. “The mandate is not to adjudicate what is true or false, online or otherwise. It will operate in a nonpartisan and apolitical manner. It’s basically meant to coordinate a lot of the ongoing work that is happening.”

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“The focus is on disinformation that threatens the homeland, as I noted, like things that would incite violent extremism, human traffickers and other transnational criminal organizations, any efforts that [are] malign foreign influence, anything that would endanger individuals during emergencies,” she continued. “So, a lot of this work is really about work that people may not see every day that’s ongoing by the Department of Homeland Security.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.

White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the every day press briefing on the White Home in Washington.
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A reporter then requested Psaki, “Would there be something public facing [that people] would see or would all of this happen kind of behind closed doors?”

“Well, they certainly will consider putting out public products that represents the department’s view on disinformation-related manners,” Psaki responded. “But that’s their overarching objective, and I don’t have a determination of what that format is.”

Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas mentioned on “Daily Post Sunday” that “there’s no question” he “could have done a better job in communicating” the aim of the board when he first introduced it throughout his testimony Wednesday earlier than the Home Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Safety.

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 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 mentioned. 

“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.”


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