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By Free Speech Center, published on August 30, 2022

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, May 4, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, file

The Disinformation Governance Board created by the Department of Homeland Security has met its end amid conservative fears that it amounted to a government censorship body.


CNN reported Aug. 24 that DHS had “officially disbanded its controversial disinformation board, months after it was put on pause amid intense Republican-led backlash.”


Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “has terminated the Disinformation Governance Board and rescinded its charter effective today, August 24, 2022,” DHS spokeswoman Marsha Espinosa said in a statement quoted by CNN.


The board’s stated purpose was “to coordinate department activities related to disinformation aimed at the US population and infrastructure,” CNN said. But many conservatives expressed outrage at what they said was a potential for federal censorship of unpopular views in the name of national security.


In May, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives called for a bill that would “shut down the board and block federal funds from being used for similar activities,” NBC News reported. “At the time, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said that the group was President Joe Biden’s ‘ministry of truth’ and that it was an ‘un-American abuse of power’,” NBC said.
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