- Republican senators released whistleblower documents on Wednesday
- Chuck Grassley and Josh Hawley said it showed the DHS disinformation governance board planned to work with Twitter to take down content
- And a whistleblower told them Nina Jankowicz was picked to lead the unit because of her close ties to the social media platform
- ‘DHS should not in any way seek to enlist the private sector to curb or silence opposing viewpoints,’ said the senators in a letter seeking more details
Senior Republicans are keeping up their attacks on the Biden administration’s attempts to tackle misinformation, claiming internal documents show the Department of Homeland Security’s disinformation board would have ruled on what was true and what wasn’t across a broad range of issues.
Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Josh Hawley on Wednesday wrote to the department demanding more information about how it would have worked.
They released a string of internal documents, provided by a whistleblower, they said showed the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) would have worked with social media platforms to enable the removal of user content.
They said the details showed the board would not just have focused on foreign threats but areas of legitimate political disagreement, such as the validity of elections and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.