New censor-in-chief speaks, and it’s scary

If you think what you send out on Twitter will remain there even after new owner Elon Musk vowed to restore sanity in the medium, think again.

President Joe Biden’s newest disinformation chief wants to edit other people’s tweets to make them read more acceptable to their liking. This is no joke: Nina Jankowicz, the just-appointed director of the just-created Disinformation Governance Board, wants reliable Twitter users help police commentary on the social media platform.

Who are the reliable people? She, and her like-minded buddies are.

How would they do it? By letting her and her like-minded buddies edit tweets that they consider to be false or misleading.

Who’s she?

Oh, meet Nina Jankowicz, former communications advisor to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Nina Jankowicz, a former Ukraine government spin doctor.

The fact U.S. Administration picked her to head up the newest censorship office says all the rest of the world need to know about its true purpose.

A few more telling details: Jankowicz’s book, How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict, was published in 2020 when anyone with a modicum of grey matter in their heads must have known better.

Ms. Jankowicz made her objectives known in a video that went viral within seconds of its upload. Many verified Twitter users don’t deserve to have blue-check status because they aren’t trustworthy, she said.

A slapstick to end all slapsticks

Here’s the funny part: Ms. Jankowicz’s seems to have made her pronouncements in a video conference call.

We don’t know the names of other participants, we don’t know their faces, either. Some of them wore masks during the proceedings. How awfully, perfectly considerate. But, seriously, it borders on the crazy: the conference was held using the long-distance communications application a.k.a. Zoom.

And here’s (verbatim) how she would solve it in one fell swoop: “So verified people can essentially start to edit Twitter the same sort of way that Wikipedia is so they can add context to certain tweets.”

No matter whether and, if so, when, Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter happens, the new censor-in-chief revealed her first concern: former President Donald Trump may be reinstated on the social medium, but should he tweet that the 2020 election results were based on fraud, she would have a verified user add what she calls context. Like information from lawsuits concerning the issue or comments by a state election official.

There’s a system behind this madness, in Ms. Jankowicz’s mind. The masses of the unwashed would certainly welcome getting what she defines as a fuller picture of the story instead of an individual claim made in a tweet.

Yes, such an individual may be biased in a way that does not meet Ms. Jankowicz’s lofty standards. And then what?

Of course, Twitter has been politically correct for a while: what else are the warning labels to make sure everybody is suspicious of those who question the 2020 election or the Covid-19 pandemic? In fact, Twitter already has a special reply button for users who want to disagree with another user’s claim or, as Ms. Jankowicz puts it ever so mildly, add context.

Fancy timing

It would take only two days after Elon Musk announced he was getting himself a new toy, Twitter, for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to counter by announcing the new Disinformation Governance Board. By the way, speaking of context, the main bombshell in Musk’s announcement included words about restoring freedom of speech in the medium.

That must have horrified the “disinformation expert” in Ms. Jankowicz. The author of How to be a Woman Online is not a greenhorn so far as spreading falsehoods goes herself. Remember the New York Post October 2020 scoop on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop? A Russian influence op, so far as Ms. Jankowicz is concerned. Not only then, she still persists.

If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes a truth was Dr. Josef Goebbels’s motto. The Nazi propaganda chief found it worked for him.

Ms. Jankowicz is convinced it would work for her, too.

That’s why she is so dangerous. When she calls for social media to censor allegations that Covid-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, she means it. When she insists that online mockery of Vice-President Kamala Harris and other Democrat politicians was a threat to national security and democracy, she means it, too.

How do we know? Easy. Just read her reaction to the news of Musk’s Twitter takeover: “I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities, which are already shouldering disproportionate amounts of this abuse.”

Poor innocent yahoos of Twitter users, don’t worry, Mama Jankowicz is rushing, sword out, to the rescue.

She’s got her work cut out for her: truth is much more difficult to supress than Nina Jankowicz and her ilk think.

If they are capable of independent thinking at all, that is.

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