Mayorkas announces DHS 'Disinformation Governance Board' two days after Elon Musk's Twitter takeover

The announcement of the board came in response to a question about what DHS was doing to combat the targeting of minorities with disinformation.

Updated: April 27, 2022 - 10:30pm

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday told Congress that his agency has created a "Disinformation Governance Board."

His announcement comes two days after Elon Musk reached a deal to purchase Twitter.

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) asked Mayorkas what DHS was doing to combat the targeting of minorities in disinformation campaigns during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday.

Mayorkas said that DHS was establishing the board with Undersecretary for Policy Rob Silvers and Principal Deputy General Counsel Jennifer Gaskill as cochairs.

"The goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat," he said.

Nina Jankowicz, who served as a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, confirmed that she is serving as board's executive director.

The Disinformation Governance Board will focus on "misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia," Politico reported.

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