Tweets from 'disinformation czar' reveal history of dubious claims on COVID, Hunter Biden and Russia

President Biden’s pick to head the board, Nina Jankowicz, has already ruffled some feathers after it was discovered that the Wilson Center global fellow and author had previously pushed information later found to be false or misleading.

In Maart 2020, Jankowicz quote-tweeted a post from Rob Leathern, who formerly worked on integrity products at Facebook. At the time Leathern announced that the company was giving the World Health Organization, and other notable groups, as many free ads as needed for COVID-19 response.

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Nina Jankowicz will be the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board.

Nina Jankowicz will be the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board. (@wiczipedia Twitter account)

This is good. Now hope the rest of the adtech industry stops placing ads for mask and worse (straight up disinfo!) on articles and info about coronavirus,” Jankowicz op Twitter geskryf.

The new disinformation board executive director was likely touting the opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other U.S. health leaders, who at the time advised Americans not to wear masks. Later, Fauci admitted he was concerned there wouldn’t be enough protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers. Daarbenewens, health experts initially claimed they did not fully know how contagious coronavirus was or how exactly it spread.

The disinformation fellow has also repeatedly called into question the legitimacy of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Back on the ‘laptop from hell,’ apparently—Biden notes 50 former natsec officials and 5 former CIA heads that believe the laptop is a Russian influence op. Trump says ‘Russia, Rusland, Rusland,’” Jankowicz getwiet In Oktober 2020.

After the tweet resurfaced and drew criticism from conservatives, Jankowicz cast doubt on the controversy by claiming it wassimply a direct quotefrom the presidential candidates.

Maar, a week before her tweet about the debate, Jankowicz said the laptop should be viewed as aTrump campaign productduring a conversation with the Associated Press.

Jankowicz also tweeted about the laptop on two other occasions. In een geval, she tweeted out a link to an article from TIME that she claimed indicatedmore doubt on the provenanceof the New York Post story that initially broke the news on Biden’s son.

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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, speaks to guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Maandag, April 18, 2022, in Washington.

Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, speaks to guests during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Maandag, April 18, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Nog een twiet saw the disinfo expert claim that the Hunter Biden emails need not be altered to bepart of an influential campaignand argued votersdeserve contextrather than afairy taleabout the Delaware laptop repair store.

Daarbenewens, Jankowicz also hyped up Chris Steele, the former British Spy whose fake dossier was used in part as the impetus for the investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidentsverkiesing. The dossier has since been discredited as dubiously sourced and full of innuendo, gerug, or information that was already publicly available.

Listened to this last night – Chris Steele (yes THAT Chris Steele) provides some great historical context about the evolution of disinfo. Worth a listen,” Jankowicz wrote in August 2020.

Outside of these comments Jankowicz has also posted a number of tweets that critics panned as controversial and bizarre. Users also pointed to tweets where the executive director made past predictions that turned out to be incorrect.

During Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Trump, Jankowicz hierdie gepos: “Maybe @HillaryClinton’s most important point so far: ‘A @realDonaldTrumppresidency would embolden ISIS.’ #ImWithHer.

The Islamic State caliphate collapsed under the Trump administration, which also carried out the successful operation to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Employees at tables inside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Kalifornië, VS, op Donderdag, Maart 17, 2022. Shares of Twitter Inc. jumped following the takeover announcement by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, narrowing the gap between the $  54.20 offer price and the stocks closing level Monday to $  2.50/deel, for a deal spread of 4.8% as of Monday close.

Employees at tables inside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Kalifornië, VS, op Donderdag, Maart 17, 2022. Shares of Twitter Inc. jumped following the takeover announcement by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, narrowing the gap between the $ 54.20 offer price and the stocks closing level Monday to $ 2.50/deel, for a deal spread of 4.8% as of Monday close. (Fotograaf: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

During a recent conversation with NPR, Jankowicz discussed Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter where she voiced concern thatfree speech absolutistswould have negative consequences for marginalized communities on social media platforms. She reiterated her point in an April 25 twiet.

Last week I told @NPRMICHEL: I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities…which are already shouldering…disproportionate amounts of this abuse,” sy het geskryf.

Conservative critics also knocked thedisinformation czarfor claiming thatfree spiritedAmericans would not comply with social distancing recommendationsunless they’re forced upon” hulle.

So force away! Lock us down. People are not taking this seriously,” she wrote in part.

Another tweet from January saw Jankowicz come under fire for her claim thatthere are many non-binary people who give birth,” and for using the termpregnant peoplerather than women.

Surprisingly, op 'n punt, the disinformation leader appeared to be against the idea of the kind of government board she now spearheads. In 'n Mei 2020 onderhoud, Jankowicz bashed the idea of the Trump administration having the ability to determine what is real news and “valse nuus,” and mentioned Poland’sMinistry of Digitalizationas an example offodder” vir “anti-democratic online governance.

I would never want to see our executive branch have that sort of power,” merk sy op.

Asked by Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich about prior statements made by Jankowicz and how the administration canassuage concernsover her appointment to lead the effort fairly, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded on Thursday, “It sounds like the objective of the board is to prevent disinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a range of communities. I’m not sure who opposes that effort.

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