DHS Reportedly Steps Up Counter-Disinformation Efforts
New reporting from The Intercept suggests that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is boosting its efforts to counter disinformation.
Key Quotes: According to a draft copy of DHS’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review obtained by The Intercept, the department plans to target "inaccurate information" going forward on "the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine."
For Context: DHS launched and then scrapped a "Disinformation Governance Board" earlier this year, but the new reporting suggests that similar efforts continue. The board was met with harsh criticisms from voices who expressed concern about the government policing information. Facebook reportedly launched a special portal for DHS officials to flag purported disinformation directly.
How the Media Covered It: The Intercept's reporting on the government's continued counter-disinformation wasn't covered by any other left- and center-rated sources. However, right-rated sources focused on the news closely, with many framing it as evidence that the government is trying to moderate online speech. Lee Fang, a journalist at The Intercept who worked on the story, appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show this week to discuss the reporting.
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