Kamala Harris Launches White House 'Task Force' to Fight 'Gendered Disinformation'
VP announces 'Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse'
Democrat Kamala Harris has announced that the White House is launching a new taxpayer-funded "task force" that seeks to fight "gendered disinformation" online.
The White House announced the launch of its new "Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse" during a Thursday press conference.
In her remarks, Harris praised the new "Ministry of Truth" as a means for societal progress.
"No one should have to endure abuse just because they are attempting to participate in society," Harris said.
A memo on the task force released by the White House condemns what it calls "gendered disinformation."
It proclaims the administration will be "developing programs and policies to address online harassment, abuse, and disinformation campaigns targeting women and LGBTQI+ individuals who are public and political figures, government and civic leaders, activists, and journalists in the United States and globally."
The memo suggested that online "harassment" has devastating costs for democracy itself by "undermining [people’s] ability to exercise their human rights and participate in democracy, governance, and civic life."
It went on to claim, "Online abuse and harassment, which aim to preclude women from political decision-making about their own lives and communities, undermine the functioning of democracy."
Presumably, stating scientific facts such as "there are only two genders" would fall under the bracket of "harassment" and lead to consequences.
The Director of the White House Gender Policy Council and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs will lead the "interagency effort to address online harassment and abuse, specifically focused on technology-facilitated gender-based violence, and to develop concrete recommendations to improve prevention, response, and protection efforts through programs and policies in the United States and globally."
Kamala Harris launches the new WH task force to address online harassment and abuse. pic.twitter.com/y2sCIJj8w8— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 16, 2022
Although Harris mentioned concern about "white supremacy" online and privacy protection for abortions in her remarks, neither she nor the memo mentioned violent far-left Antifa groups doxxing politicians or other dangerous leftist activity online.
Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth called out the task force’s blind spot by appearing to sarcastically praise the institution on Twitter: "Excellent.
"Happy to invite Ms. Harris and her task force to read the comments from leftist trolls on my timeline."
Excellent. Happy to invite Ms. Harris and her task force to read the comments from leftist trolls on my timeline. https://t.co/RhVvaQnnGk— Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) June 16, 2022
Media Research Center founder and CEO Brent Bozell skewered the Biden administration in a tweet, warning: "Nothing good can come out of the White House Gender Policy Council, especially when they collude with Big Tech."
Some responded by directly drawing comparisons between the task force and the Disinformation Governance Board.
"There is a new ‘disinformation’ task force," The Young Americans for Liberty Twitter account lamented in a tweet.
"This one will be led by @KamalaHarris.
"The biggest purveyor of ‘disinformation’ is the U.S. government.
"They certainly aren't qualified to police it."
Conservative commentator Matt Whitlock made a similar observation, "Wow - the Kamala Harris Online Policy Task Force sounds SUSPICIOUSLY like the DHS disinformation board."
Wow - the Kamala Harris Online Policy Task Force sounds SUSPICIOUSLY like the DHS disinformation board..— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 16, 2022
Naturally @PressSec has no answers. pic.twitter.com/lykn03KHJs