Biden’s disinformation czar endorsed government censorship of speech


‘You can shout into the black void, but you don’t get a huge audience to do that’

Art Moore
WND News Center

The director of the Biden administration’s new disinformation board, Nina Jankowicz, advocated government-prescribed speech standards for online content during virtual testimony before the British Parliament.

Nina Jankowicz. Courtesy Wikipedia
Nina Jankowicz. Courtesy Wikipedia

In the September 2021 hearing, a British lawmaker asked Jankowicz if she favored setting minimum speech standards, such as banning the celebration of misogyny on the internet, Breitbart News reported.

“Yes,” she replied, suggesting that as a “starting point,” the British Office of Communication could assess fines.

Jankowicz, executive director of the Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board, mocked alternative platforms committed to free speech as supporters of “freedom of expression and fairy dust.”

Jankowicz also advocated shadow banning, or “demoting conduct.”

“[T]his is not only about taking down content. It can be about demoting content too and saying, ‘You can shout into the black void, but you don’t get a huge audience to do that,” she said.

She said demoting content “allows us to get around some of the free speech concerns.”

Jankowicz told British lawmakers that in their censorship efforts they could seize user data from social media companies.

‘Editing’ tweets

On Tuesday, a video circulated on Twitter showing Jankowicz in an unidentified virtual meeting advocating having “trustworthy verified people” edit posts on Twitter that are contrary to establishment narratives.

She explained that as a “trustworthy verified” person on Twitter, she is eligible to do the “editing.”

Jankowicz added that there are people who shouldn’t be verified, “who aren’t legit, in my opinion.”

“They’re real people, but they aren’t trustworthy,” she said.

“So, verified people can, essentially start to edit Twitter, the same sort of way that Wikipedia is, and add context to certain tweets,” said Jankowicz.

As an example, she said, if President Trump were still on Twitter and made a claim about vote fraud, someone could “add context” from one of the 60 lawsuits or something an election official said.

Context would be added, she continued, “so that people have a fuller picture rather than just an individual claim on a tweet.”

Jankowicz was a promoter of the debunked claim concocted by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Obama administration that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

Along with dismissing the Hunter Biden laptop story and the Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis, she promoted the fact-free dossier of Russian propaganda compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele as well as the false claim that Trump had a secret communication link with the Kremlin through a Russian bank.

Jankowicz was the overseer of Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democratic Institute, a Washington non-profit. She advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on disinformation and strategic communications. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Eurasia Foundation and is a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

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jim
jim
13 days ago

You might get farther if you didnt use right wing tropes……..jus’ saying…..

Sylvia
Sylvia
12 days ago

Freedom of speech must be based on mutual respect, ie respect for each person’s opinion(s).
True freedom includes the RIGHT to say NO.
Where there is RISK, there must be a CHOICE.

jim
jim
10 days ago

This website likes to to give of the persona of being centerist , but lets hard core right wing leak in….

Wolfie
Wolfie
9 days ago

What is ‘right wing’ (I always imagine a bird flapping its wing) about this article? It is pretty straight forward information. She wants to censor free speech. Tweets don’t need context. They are individuals thoughts or opinions. Who needs a ‘fuller picture’ of a tweet? Don’t like it don’t read it. This cancel culture is becoming utterly ridiculous. If everyone would employ critical thinking about what they are reading, we would all be in a much better place. Think for yourself! Don’t let Fauci, Inslee, Trump, anyone tell you what to believe. Do your own research and then go with that.