Truth Social is a target of the Biden administration’s new Disinformation Governance Board, according to the man running former President Donald Trump’s nascent social network.
Devin Nunes, the congressman who left office to become the CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group, posed the government as the most significant threat to freedom of speech now that “Big Tech tyrants” can’t silence people’s voices.
“I think it’s so Orwellian, so dystopian, something you only see in dictatorships that now, they’re going to set up some type of disinformation board. I think that’s a direct attack on what we are doing at Truth Social, because we can no longer be canceled,” Nunes told Maria Bartiromo on her Fox News show Sunday Morning Futures.
The Disinformation Governance Board, which was revealed last week, is part of the Homeland Security Department. Nina Jankowicz, selected to be its chief, has been criticized for her promotion of Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier and dismissing concerns around Hunter Biden and his laptop. Republicans have criticized the board, comparing it to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s book 1984.
“We’re going to protect our users from this new phony government disinformation service, and the fact that they would use some D-rated TikTok star that is the queen of disinformation herself on the Russia hoax and the laptop from hell to head up is really the height of hypocrisy that’s so unbelievable,” he said.
The White House has characterized the board as being a continuation of a Trump administration effort, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended its operations, claiming the board won’t monitor U.S. citizens while touting Jankowicz as “eminently qualified,” a “renowned expert,” and “neutral.”
“The board does not have any operational authority or capability,” Mayorkas said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “What it will do is gather together best practices in addressing the threat of disinformation from foreign state adversaries, from the cartels, and disseminate those best practices to the operators that have been executing in addressing this threat for years.”
Nunes, who claimed the Left is having a “fit” spurred on by Elon Musk taking over Twitter, vowed Truth Social won’t abide political speech censorship.
“We are not going to be regulated,” he said.