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Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board Director Wants Empowerment to Edit Other People’s Tweets

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The head of Joe Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board, Nina Jankowicz, proposed having the power to edit other people’s tweets to add information or what she called “context.” She explained that verified accounts should be able to edit messages posted on the social network by other users.

In a video posted on digital platforms, Jankowicz explained that it would be an option that works similar to Wikipedia. “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,” Jankowicz said.

She gave the example of former President Donald Trump. She highlighted that this was not a political comment, but that in case the president tweeted about irregularities in the 2020 elections, someone could edit and add the claims that the Republican did not win.

Despite Jankowicz’s statements, the digital platform already applies regulations on information it does not consider truthful. “In the face of misleading information, we aim to create a better informed world so people can engage in healthy public conversation. We work to mitigate detected threats and also empower customers with credible context on important issues,” details Twitter on its official webpage.

It adds: “To help enable free expression and conversations, we only intervene if content breaks our rules, which you can learn about below. Otherwise, we lean on providing you with additional context.”

Disinformation Governance Board

Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, reported several weeks ago on the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board.” The measure, as reported by various media outlets such as Fox News, would be to prevent what the government considers disinformation during the 2022 elections.

Following the announcement, Nina Jankowicz, who previously served as part of the disinformation team at the Wilson Center, said she will head the board as executive director.

 

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