Numerous federal agencies agree that widely promoted falsehoods threaten the nation’s security. Doing something about them is another matter. Above, Nina Jankowicz became a target of disinformation while leading a new Department of Homeland Security advisory board on the issue.
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board’s work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board itself.
The board, an advisory group with the Department of Homeland Security, has become embroiled in the debate over the government’s role in policing online content. The board’s head, Nina Jankowicz, is at the center of a firestorm of criticism.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin on Monday, Feb. 7. The media, were mentioned as a potential target. In a nutshell, the bulletin said several factors have “increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the threat environment.”
In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, AP Executive Editor Julie Pace urged the agency to explain why the name of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Martha Mendoza was run through the databases and identified as a potential confidential informant during the Trump administration, as detailed in a report by Homeland Security’s inspector general.
A Homeland Security office has disseminated three reports on tweets written by two journalists who published leaked, unclassified documents. Current and former officials described it as an alarming use of a system meant to share information about suspected terrorists and violent actors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. “Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook and we make this […]
The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and goings of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”
Twitter on Friday dropped a lawsuit it had filed a day earlier against the U.S. government, saying in court papers that the government had withdrawn a summons for information about an account critical of President Donald Trump.
Twitter is suing the US government to prevent the Trump administration from forcing it to reveal who’s running an anti-Trump account. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Twitter says an arm of the Department of Homeland Security used a “limited-purpose investigatory tool” in an effort to unmask the identity of the person or people behind @ALT_uscis, an account that criticizes the administration’s management of US Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS is part of DHS.
As the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches, the Department of Homeland Security has debuted a national TV campaign.