Former Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard noted that former President Barack Obama devised President Biden’s recently announced formation Misinformation Governance Councilwhich critics have likened to the “Ministry of Truth” from George Orwell’s book 1984.
“Biden is just a front man,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Obama, April 21: Social media censors are ‘not going far enough,’ so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, the Department of Homeland Security launched the Department of Truth (also known as the Disinformation Board of Directors) )”.
Gabbard’s tweet was in reference to Obama’s speech at Stanford University last week, in which he declared that tech companies are obligated to crack down on disinformation and called on the government to make it easier.
“The good news now is that almost all of the big tech platforms now acknowledge some responsibility for the content on their platforms, and they are investing in a large team of people to monitor it,” Obama said during the speech. “Given the sheer amount of content, this strategy can feel like a Whack-A-Mole.”
He praised some social media companies for independently restricting such content in their forums, but stated that the government is required to enforce stricter standards.
“But while content modification can limit the distribution of clearly dangerous content, it doesn’t go far enough,” he added.
Last week, the Biden administration launched the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Administration Council to counter misinformation online. Its creation came on the heels of the recent acquisition of Twitter by Tech giant Elon Muskwhich promised to boost freedom of expression, likely by reducing content oversight and censorship on the platform.
“The goal is to bring (DHS) resources together to address this threat,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas told the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, with an emphasis on combating disinformation before the 2022 midterm.
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