(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security, Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Josh Hawley detailed the planned censorship by what would have been the Disinformation Governance Board, which was allegedly put on pause after massive backlash.The Gateway Pundit reported.
“Documents show that contrary to your May 4, 2022, testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the DGB was established to serve as much more than a simple ‘working group’ to ‘develop guidelines, standards, [and] guardrails’ for protecting civil rights and civil liberties,” the Senators wrote.
Despite this initial claim by Mayorkas, further investigation into documentation on the board found that the board made plans to address what the government has delegated “mis-, dis-, and mal- information” or “MDM.”
The senators also addressed the attempted hiring of Nina Jankowicz, who they address as “a known trafficker of foreign disinformation and liberal conspiracy theories.”
Jankowicz, an alleged disinformation expert, has shared the now-debunked Steele dossier as an example of disinformation and refused to acknowledge the Hunter Biden laptop scandal as truth, despite its recent verification.
“The Department has been working on plants to ‘operationalize’ its relationships with private social media companies to implement its public policy goals,” the letter reads.
“For example, we obtained draft briefing notes prepared for a scheduled April 28, 2022 meeting between Robert Silvers and Twitter executives Nick Pickles, Head of Policy, and Yoel Roth, Head of Site Integrity.”
The documents show that the meeting would have been an opportunity to discuss “public-private partnerships” between DHS and the social media site.
Grassley and Hawley expressed their concern over the possibility of a relationship like this, worried that the DHS would be “enlisting the help of social media companies and big tech” to censor viewpoints it decides are misinformation.
“The First Amendment of the Constitution was designed precisely so that the government could not censor opposing viewpoints—even if those viewpoints were false,” the senators wrote.