(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last week, Twitter announced a new effort to stop the spread of “misinformation” during a time of crisis. But the man heading up the effort has a history of pushing “misinformation.”
Funny how that always happens.
On Thursday, Yoel Roth, who heads up Twitter’s safety and integrity unit, revealed in a blog post the platform’s new “crisis misinformation policy” that will place warning labels on tweets Twitter deems to contain misinformation while preventing the tweets from being “amplified or recommended” during times of armed conflict, public health emergencies, or natural disasters.
It was Yoel Roth who oversaw Twitter’s decision to prevent the New York Post report on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop from being shared on Twitter in the weeks before the 2020 election. Roth later told the FEC that he made the decision based on “rumors” from the intel community that the Russians might release material hacked from Hunter Biden.
Former CEO Jack Dorsey later testified that blocking the New York Post’s story was “a total mistake.”
Yoel Roth is also a rabid partisan. In 2020, he came under fire for previous tweets in which he accused Trump officials of being “actual Nazis” and referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “bag of farts.”
Having someone that partisan determining what is and is not “misinformation” in a time of crisis is destined to result in one-sided censorship. Then again, that is what Twitter is known for.
What remains to be seen is if Twitter’s latest attempt at censorship in the guise of stopping misinformation will survive if and when Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes over the platform.
At the same time that Twitter is launching its latest campaign against misinformation, the Department of Homeland Security is still moving forward with its Ministry of Truth, the Disinformation Governance Board, despite strong opposition from Republican lawmakers.
Last week, the musical theater-loving leftist crank Nina Jankowicz officially stepped down from her position heading up the Disinformation Governance Board. And while the board is on “hold,” DHS hasn’t shut it down completely.