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Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday at the White House the launch of a “task force to address online harassment and abuse.”
Harris praised the task force in his remarks as a means of societal progress, saying, “No one should have to suffer abuse just for trying to participate in society.”
A memo on the task force released by the White House condemned “sexist misinformation” and proclaimed that the administration “will develop 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 around the world.”
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”.
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He went on to say that “online abuse and harassment, which aims to prevent women from making political decisions about their own lives and communities, undermines the functioning of democracy.”
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 gender-based violence facilitated by technology, and to develop actionable recommendations to improve prevention, response, and protection efforts through programs and policies in the United States and around the world.”
Although Harris mentioned concerns about online white supremacy and privacy for abortions in her remarks, neither she nor the memo mentioned far-left Antifa groups doxxing politicians or d Other Dangerous Left-Wing Activities Online.
Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth called out the task force’s blind spot, sarcasticly praising the institution on Twitter: “Excellent. Glad to invite Ms. Harris and her task force to read the comments of the leftist trolls on my timeline.”
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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 Council.
“There is a new ‘misinformation’ task force. This one will be led by @KamalaHarris,” the Young Americans for Liberty Twitter account lamented in a tweet. “The biggest purveyor of ‘misinformation’ is the US government. They are certainly not qualified to control it.”
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Conservative commentator Matt Whitlock made a similar observation: “Wow – Kamala Harris’s online politics task force looks SUSPICIOUSLY like the DHS misinformation board.”