Homeland Security chief says they ‘could have done a better job’ explaining ‘misinformation’ chart

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that the agency could have done a better job communicating its new Disinformation Governance Council.

The advice was announced on Wednesday and aims to counter disinformation that poses a national security concern, such as Russian disinformation or disinformation disseminated to migrants by smugglers.

“The spread of misinformation can affect border security, the safety of Americans during disasters, and public confidence in our democratic institutions,” DHS said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The disinformation committee has drawn heavy criticism from conservatives, raising concerns about police talk. Some have drawn comparisons to the “Ministry of Truth” in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”.

“We could have done a better job of communicating what it is and what it’s not,” Mayorkas said of the board, adding that “it’s a working group” that will look at the best practices for addressing “misinformation that poses a threat to the security of our country” in a way that “does not infringe on free speech” or “civil liberties”.

These best practices will then be shared with US officials who have the operational authority to combat these threats. He said the board itself will have no “operational authority”.

Host Chuck Todd asked about the controversial decision to have Nina Jankowicz head the board. Jankowicz, a disinformation expert, has been accused of being politically biased.

Mayorkas said she is an “eminently qualified person” and a “recognized expert in countering the threat of disinformation that poses a threat to the security of our homeland from Russia, China, the Iran, cartels”.

Mayorkas also appeared on CNN to address concerns about the board and said he would not monitor American citizens, adding that it was a continuation of work Homeland Security had been doing since before the election. Biden administration.

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