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Kamala Harris to Lead New Biden ‘Disinformation Team’

Another day, another White House “disinformation” task force.

The Biden administration on Thursday created a new internet policy task force — this one led by Vice President Kamala Harris — with goals including “developing programs and policies” to protect “political figures” and journalists from “disinformation,” “abuse” and “harassment.”

The action follows the Department of Homeland Security’s disastrous April rollout of its Disinformation Governance Board, which was paused after outrage over the perceived step toward government-led internet censorship.

A presidential memorandum establishing the new task force describes a sweeping mission to protect people who seek out a role in public life from online critics.

“In the United States and around the world, women and LGBTQI+ political leaders, public figures, activists, and journalists are especially targeted by sexualized forms of online harassment and abuse, undermining their ability to exercise their human rights and participate in democracy, governance, and civic life,” the memo says.

“Online abuse and harassment, which aim to preclude women from political decision-making about their own lives and communities, undermine the functioning of democracy.”  

The new task force’s members include other Biden heavy hitters, such as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The panel will hold its first meeting Thursday afternoon. Within 180 days, it will submit to President Biden a blueprint that “outlin[es] a whole-of-government approach to preventing and addressing technology-facilitated gender-based violence, including concrete actions that executive departments, agencies, and offices have committed to take to implement the Task Force’s recommendations.”

Within a year, the board will issue a report with “additional recommendations and actions” advising broader steps that can be taken by internet platforms, state and local governments and schools, the document says.

In April, Biden came under fire for the creation of what critics called a “dystopian” disinformation bureau under DHS, which many viewed as a way for the government to police free speech online.

Conservatives slammed that “Disinformation Governance Board” and also noted its timing — coming after Elon Musk vowed to make Twitter a free speech haven through his $44 billion takeover of the social media platform notorious for selectively censoring right-leaning points of view.

Also drawing fire was the choice of Nina Jankowicz, a “disinformation expert” who had in the past repeatedly tried to spread doubt about The Post’s own reporting about Hunter Biden’s notorious laptop, telling the Associated Press in October 2020 that it should be viewed as “a Trump campaign product.” 

In addition, Jankowicz had pushed the since-debunked claim in 2016 that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had a tie to Kremlin-linked Alfa-Bank, an allegation at the center of a trial of a Clinton campaign lawyer accused by special counsel John Durham of lying to the FBI. 

The misinformation czar was also ripped for a bizarre TikTok performance from February 2021 in which she altered the lyrics to the “Mary Poppins” song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to be about fake news.

Within a month, she and the panel had been scrapped.

On a Wednesday evening press call, a Biden administration official said the new task force contrasts with the Disinformation Government Board in that “we are particularly focused on online activities that are illegal conduct, such as cyber stalking or non consensual distribution of intimate images, or targeted harassment.”

However, the memo establishing the panel describes a broader mission and specifically invokes criticism of public figures — who in the US legal system have a more difficult time suing for defamation to allow room for political speech, and also because they sought out the spotlight.

The memo says, “The Task Force shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to assess and address online harassment and abuse that constitute technology-facilitated gender-based violence, including by … developing programs and policies to address online harassment, abuse, and disinformation campaigns targeting women and LGBTQI+ individuals who are public and political figures, government and civic leaders, activists, and journalists in the United States and globally.”

In April, Taylor Lorenz, a reporter who specializes in covering internet culture at the Washington Post, gained significant attention by alleging online harassment — drawing sympathy from some and criticism from others who note that digital trolls come with the territory of working at major news outlets.

Lorenz, a former New York Times journalist who broke down in tears on MSNBC while recounting “harassment” she has experienced online, then went on to publish an article revealing the identity of the social media user, drawing accusations that she was “doxxing” the anonymous woman, who operates the Twitter account “Libs of TikTok.”

“Doxxing” is the term used to describe the act of posting the personal information of those who wish to remain anonymous. Critics accused Lorenz of hypocrisy after it was claimed that she showed up at the home of the woman’s relatives to ask questions.

The “Libs of TikTok” account, which posts TikTok videos from liberals and has generated more than 662,500 followers, posted an image of Lorenz outside the home of one of her relatives.

Lorenz defended her decision to reveal the woman’s identity, tweeting: “Reporters make phone calls, send messages, show up places, and knock on doors when reporting out a story. I reported this story out extensively, using every tool I had, to ensure I had the correct woman.”

Original Article: Kamala Harris leads latest Biden ‘disinformation’ team (nypost.com)

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  1. What a comfort to know who will be making the decisions about what is and is not disinformation! Just another Socialistic policy. We’re in trouble with this administration, folks. It’s time somebody put a stop to it.

    • Now the monkey idiot kamala that was supposed to be in charge of the border invasion which she did not have the brains to do so, is now in charge of the lame brain “false” UN-CONSTITUTIONAL misinformation team.

    • thanks JULIA, NAILED IT! THE V.P. IS GOING TO TELL “WE THE PEOPLE” ABOUT MIS-INFORMATION–WHILE SMOKING DOPE IN THE ‘WHITE HOUSE’ HAVING SEX WITH ‘WHO-EVER’ PAYS HER? DRAIN THE SWAMP–ARREST THE CHILTON’S, OBAMA’S, BUSH CARTEL, THE UNDER-LINGS IN THE F.B.I. AND DOJ NEED TO STEP-UP AND PROTECT OUR REPUBLIC.

    • Its lock and load time and a million armed citizens march on the capital , they want to see our attitude , i say we show them how pissed we are . If they cheat at any mid term this 2022 year , I hope the American people put an end to this administration , PERMENENTLY SO NONE OF THEM CAN EVER BE PART OF AMERICAN POLITICS EVER AGAIN .

  2. Wasn’t this crap just shot down! Time to make it front and center again! Given the fool they put in charge, it is especially vitals to shut this fiasco down!

  3. One thing I can say about the Senile Old man in our WH is he sure knows how to pick the LOSERS. She has done NOTHING except pump up gays and the LGBT movement, which come to think of it, that’s all Joe has done. When are we going to have a Veterans Month, a White People Month, and so many more? This all makes me want to throw up. I have never been so sick of an Admin as I am of this one. We have got to vote them all out or lose our country completely.

  4. Who better than the best liar in this administration to lead the Disinformation Team, Good Luck Kamala we know you have a bright future ahead of you at the “Times” or some such rag after you get booted out. Unbelievable how absolutely incredibly stupid Democrats can be.

  5. OMG, what a joke, biden and harris are the two biggest clowns in DC. It’s a wonder that they een know whats going on, they are the two biggest liars in DC as well as crooks, cheats and the most stupid there is. biden thinks he is Ceasar and rules the world, he is just a fool.
    They both along with pelosi and schumer are dolts! The four of them are 100% the reason this Country is going into recession.

  6. The problem is that progressives almost always tell the truth, but you have to take it literally, when they say disinformation or misinformation governance board they mean it literally, a board to govern the dissemination of dis and mis information, prime example, when uncle Joe said that he and Barack had put together the greatest election fraud team in the history of the United States, that’s exactly what they did, but it wasn’t to catch election fraud…

  7. She can’t handle anything, just like Biden who is a total screw-up. She should be put in charge of domestic help.

  8. She’ll screw the pooch with this new “Task,” just like she has with every task McSniffy Schitz-His-Pants drops in her lap.

  9. It would be nice if the O’Biden administration would just tell the American people the truth instead of this lie, claiming this is a misinformation or disinformation administration. This is nothing more then censorship and a violation of our first amendment! The Democrats just want to stop conservative American’s from telling the truth about all the anti-American acts the leftist azzwhole’s are doing to intentionally destroy our country.

    I hope that the majority of Americans realize that the destructive policies the communist democrats are putting in place are not incompetent. The lefts policies are intentional and they know the outcome.

    The news media calls out Biden and Kamala’s “incompetence”of their handling of the border. What’s happening at the border is exactly what the Democrats want, which is open borders.

    Just look at ALL the horrible O’Biden administrations decision’s since he STOLE OFFICE. Biden raged war against fossil fuel’s the first week he was in office. The attack against our energy started the beginning of Biden’s price hikes on everything. Biden started printing and spending money at an alarming rate, which also caused our economy to go into crisis. Biden then made a complete mess out of the departure out of Afghanistan. Biden caused the death of many of our soldiers and civilians, he left Americans and allies, along with 85-billion dollars of our military weapons in the hands of terrorists. Biden attacked and defunded law enforcement, causing crime to increase at record levels, all while he’s trying to disarm law abiding American citizens.

    Meanwhile, we have Rhino Republicans, like Mitch Mc Connell, Lynsey Graham and others who say one thing and then vote in lockstep with Democrats! These same Republican’s believe the 2020 presidential election was fair and had no voter fraud, even though there’s overwhelming evidence that proves the election was stolen from President Trump!

  10. At least with Harris in charge, we don’t really have anything to worry about. She’s never done a job she’s been given by Biden yet.

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