May 18, 2022 Updated 11:41 A.M. ET
WASHINGTON (FLV) – The Department of Homeland Security’s new disinformation board that Attorney General Ashley Moody fought against is on “pause” due to “coordinated online attacks,” according to the Washington Post.
The Biden Administration created a Disinformation Governance Board that Moody and other Attorneys General called “unacceptable” and “alarming” in a letter to DHS.
The Washington Post said the board was put on hold because of the “backlash” it faced.
While DHS said the board would protect the country from “threats exacerbated by disinformation,” Republicans said it would have a “chilling effect” on free speech.
“This is an unacceptable and downright alarming encroachment on every citizen’s right to express his or her opinions, engage in political debate, and disagree with the government,” the attorneys general letter said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has criticized the new board on multiple occasions with the most recent time being Wednesday.
“They are making her the arbiter of what’s true and what’s quote disinformation or misinformation,” DeSantis. “Whatever the regime wants they are going to say is the truth and then if you dissent from that, they’re going to say it’s misinformation.”
The Washington Post said there were “unjustified and vile personal attacks and physical threats” against Nina Jankowicz who was appointed to run the new board as one of the main reasons the board was put on pause. The story claims “right-wing” smear campaigns led to its downfall.
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