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(FreedomWire.org) – The White House revealed in a Thursday briefing that Vice President Kamala Harris would lead a new “disinformation” task force.

“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 briefing read.

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

Members of the new team only include current administration officials like Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The task force plans to hold its first meeting Thursday afternoon, where it will take the first step towards submitting an outline to President Joe Biden that addresses “technology-facilitated gender-based violence” on internet platforms, state and local governments, and schools. Another report featuring additional suggestions will also be issued next year.

Within 180 days, the panel will submit to President Biden a blueprint that “outlines 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 the “Disinformation Governance Board” and 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.

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.

(FreedomWire.org) – Elon Musk denounced Twitter for it banning former President Donald J. Trump from its social media platform.

While attending FT Live’s Future of the Car conference, Musk was interviewed by the Financial Times on various issues, including his purchase of Twitter.

When asked about Twitter’s ban of Trump, Musk stated:

“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts…I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk added. “I don’t own Twitter yet. So this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?”

According to CNBC, “Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the platform in January 2021 following the attack by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. The company said it made the decision after the Jan. 6 riot ‘due to the risk of further incitement of violence.’ Trump at the time had more than 80 million followers on the platform.”

While many of his followers have said they would like to see Trump back on Twitter, Trump has said that, even if he could, he will not rejoin Twitter.

“I will be on Truth Social within the week,” Trump told CNBC last month. “It’s on schedule. We have a lot of people signed up. I like Elon Musk. I like him a lot. He’s an excellent individual. We did a lot for Twitter when I was in the White House. I was disappointed by the way I was treated by Twitter. I won’t be going back on Twitter.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is being loudly lauded by conservatives for her quick-thinking decision to draft legislation to disband and defund the Biden administration’s newly created Disinformation Governance Board.

Dubbed the Protecting Free Speech Act, the legislation would, if signed into law, both “terminate” the board and also defund “any other entity that is substantially similar” in its mission to censor and silence so-called “disinformation.”

“The Disinformation Governance Board of the Department of Homeland Security is hereby terminated. … No Federal funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Homeland Security may be made available to establish any other entity that is substantially similar to the Disinformation Governance Board,” the legislation reads.

While the bill stands little chance of making it through the Democrat-controlled Congress, let alone being signed into law by President Joe Biden, Boebert’s decision to draft it signals that at least one member of the GOP is willing to fight back, even if said efforts ultimately prove fruitless.

In a statement to Fox News, the Colorado lawmaker expressed hope that GOP leadership will follow her example.

“This kind of stuff is terrifying. We in Congress have the power of the purse. It is our duty to shut down this department immediately. I’m calling on leadership in the Republican Party — Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise and others — to join me in calling for this department to be shut down and defunded,” she said.

In fairness to McCarthy and Scalise, both have been tweeting about the “Orwellian Ministry of Truth,” as they call it.

It’s unclear, however, what substantive actions, if any, they’ve taken to stop the board.

Meanwhile, all 19 GOP members of the House Oversight Committee submitted a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday demanding access to “all documents and communications” pertaining to the board’s creation.

In addition to demanding access, the lawmakers also took the Biden administration to task for wanting to suppress so-called “disinformation” and “misinformation” when it itself has been the disseminator of so many false claims and narratives.

“High-level Administration officials have perpetuated demonstrably false claims,  including promoting the false narrative that the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation and that Border Patrol Agents were whipping Haitian migrants. Rather than correct its false narratives and focus on the serious threats facing the homeland—including the crisis on our southern border—the Administration continues to falsely accuse political opponents of spreading misinformation,” the scathing letter reads.

“In most circumstances, the Administration’s definition of ‘misinformation’ is any fact or opinion that is critical of its abysmal policies and decisions. The United States’ internal security apparatus must serve to protect the American people from threats to the homeland, not be weaponized by an unpopular President to push false narratives and discredit lawful discourse.”

According to reporting from Benny Johnson, the GOP has “plans to deciimate Joe Biden’s Ministry of Truth.”

“They are not just going for ‘defunding,’ this is an all-out war footing. Impeachments, congressional hearings, public humiliation of people behind it, harsh laws AGAINST this ever happening again,” he revealed in tweets posted Friday.

He abstained from naming names, but he did mention legislation “being drafted as we speak to Defund the Joe Biden Ministry of Truth,” which clearly was a reference to Boebert’s bill.

He also mentioned impeachments, and it just so happens that the Colorado lawmaker has been calling for Mayorkas to be impeached:

Regarding her legislation, she intends to introduce it next week after she first collects a couple co-sponsors.

“No tax dollars should go to where Biden can use the power of the federal government to silence truthful stories like Big Tech did with the Hunter Biden story. … This really is a department of propaganda. To say that the federal department has a say in what’s right and what’s wrong. What’s truth and what is not. This is a very dangerous place that we’ve come to,” she said in additional remarks to Fox News.