President Biden’s appointed director of the administration’s newly-formed Disinformation Governance Board believes “trustworthy” verified accounts on Twitter — accounts, not surprisingly, like her own — should be able to edit other users’ tweets if they deem them to be misinformation or lacking in context, and now Elon Musk has weighed in on the debate.
As previously reported, Nina Jankowicz — dubbed “Scary Poppins” after she sang liberal talking points to the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” — explained to participants in a recent Zoom call that, “Verified people can essentially start to ‘edit’ Twitter [in] the same sort of way that Wikipedia is so they can add context to certain tweets.”
Jankowicz explained how she would be “eligible” for the role of tweet police because she’s “verified” (which means you’ve been vetted by Twitter and have the famous “blue checkmark” by your name or handle.)
The Ministress of Truth also explained that not all current verified accounts are worthy of the credentials like she is.
Jankowicz went on to cite a hypothetical Donald Trump tweet in need of her commentary.
“So, just as an easy example, not from any political standpoint, if President [Donald] Trump were still on Twitter and tweeted a claim about voter fraud, someone could add context from one of the 60 lawsuits that went through the court or something that an election official said… so that people have a fuller picture rather than just an individual claim on a tweet,” she stated.
Only "trustworthy" people like Nina Jankowicz should be verified on Twitter and able to add context to other people's tweets. pic.twitter.com/nsquSNJRyI
— Maze (@mazemoore) May 10, 2022
While the move by liberals to censor dissenting voices is hardly new, the push to do so escalated just after quirky billionaire Elon Musk decided he would purchase the platform in the name of free speech, with the formation by the Biden administration of the Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board. An extension of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the new board is known by many as the “Ministry of Truth,” a reference to Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984.
The move online to slam Jankowicz for even suggesting such an alarming assault on free speech came fast and furious.
“‘All tweets should include highly visible context and by context we mean our opinion,” quipped one user on Twitter.
“All tweets should include highly visible context and by context we mean our opinion.”
— Based Capitalist (@BasedCapitalist) May 10, 2022
But across the social media platform, users waited anxiously for a response from Musk.
Never a man to mince words, Musk had just one word for Jankowicz’s proposal: “Disconcerting.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2022
“Ya think?” asked John Rich, as responses to Musk’s reaction came flooding in.
“Terrifying, more like,” replied another user.
“Please don’t let these people realize their sick dreams of censorship,” pleaded Jason Howerton. “Close the deal.”
— John Rich (@johnrich) May 12, 2022
Terrifying, more likehttps://t.co/wblMHuyqq2
— @stevenvoiceover (@stevenvoiceover) May 12, 2022
Please don’t let these people realize their sick dreams of censorship. Close the deal.
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) May 12, 2022
While Musk would presumably love nothing more to close his $44 billion hostile takeover of Twitter, he announced on Friday that the deal is, at least for the moment, on hold.
“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted along with a report from Reuters.
But Twitter users, anxious that the type of fact-checking Jankowicz promotes never comes to pass, need not fear the delay.
According to Musk, he’s “Still committed to [the] acquisition.”
Still committed to acquisition
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2022
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