Conspiracy Or Reality? Gabbard Argues Obama Is Behind Biden's Recent Policies

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 03 May 2022 01:15
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Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said that former President Barack Obama is behind the measure to set up a Disinformation Governance Board, which she compared to George Orwell's celebrated "Ministry of Truth."

"Biden is just a front man," Gabbard said on Twitter Sunday. "Obama, April 21: social media censors 'don’t go far enough,' so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the 'Ministry of Truth' (aka Disinformation Governance Board)."

Gabbard, a Democrat, cited Obama’s speech at Stanford University last week. He argued tech companies have a hard time moderating content on their own and called for more oversight.

“Now the good news is that almost all the big tech platforms now acknowledge some responsibility for content on their platforms, and they’re investing in a large team of people to monitor it,” Obama said during the speech. “Given the sheer volume of content, this strategy can feel like a game of Whac-A-Mole.”

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Obama said he thinks employees at the companies "are sincere" in trying to reconcile violent content and hate speech, but claimed more needs to be done to help the companies limit such posts.

"But while content moderation can limit the distribution of clearly dangerous content, it doesn't go far enough," Obama said.

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Obama’s remarks come after the Biden Administration created a Disinformation Governance Board to be run by the Department of Homeland Security to fight online disinformation.

“The goal is to bring the resources of (DHS) together to address this threat,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Wednesday.

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Mayorkas added that the board would be heavily focused on limiting the spread of disinformation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Still, critics have raised concerns over the free speech implications of the board.

“The Federal Government has no business creating a Ministry of Truth,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said last week, using the same nickname for the board as Gabbard. “The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘Disinformation Board’ is unconstitutional and unamerican, and I’ll be introducing a bill to defund it.”

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CNN’s Dana Bash pressed Mayorkas on the matter during her “State of the Union” show Sunday, pointing out how quickly conservatives have denounced it. “Republicans are calling it ‘Orwellian,’” she said. “Can you clarify what exactly this is? What exactly will this disinformation governance board do? Will it monitor American citizens?” she questioned.

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“Those criticisms are precisely the opposite of what this small working group within the Department of Homeland Security will do,” Mayorkas answered, though he conceded that “we probably could have done a better job of communicating what it does and does not do.” The official maintained the board’s necessity, reiterating that disinformation from other nations is a “threat to the security of the homeland.”

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