Administration denies censorship as top disinformation official resigns

Online attacks have derailed Homeland Security’s effort to fight false information related to homeland security. The new head of the Disinformation Governance Board, Nina Jankowicz, a leading expert in disinformation and extremism, resigned under an avalanche of harassment and abuse. (The Washington Post, May 18, 2022, by Taylor Lorenz)

“These smears leveled by bad-faith, right wing actors against a deeply qualified expert and against efforts to better combat human smuggling and domestic terrorism are disgusting, and the administration has forcefully spoken out against them repeatedly,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News. “Neither Nina Jankowicz nor the board have anything to do with censorship or with removing content from anywhere. Their role is to ensure that national security officials are updated on how misinformation is affecting the threat environment. She has strong credentials and a history of calling out misinformation from both the left and the right.” (Fox News, May 18, 2022, by Ronn Blitzer)