Department of Homeland Security said it will pause on the agency’s weeks-old Disinformation Governance Board. From a report: The board — which had stated it’s intended goal was to “coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security.” — was widely criticized by Republicans and right-wing media outlets. A DHS spokesperson said in a statement to Axios that the board was “grossly and intentionally mischaracterized: it was never about censorship or policing speech in any manner. It was designed to ensure we fulfill our mission to protect the homeland, while protecting core Constitutional rights. However, false attacks have become a significant distraction from the Department’s vitally important work to combat disinformation that threatens the safety and security of the American people.” DHS tasked the Homeland Security Advisory Council to conduct a “thorough review and assessment” of the board’s ability to deal with disinformation “while protecting free speech, civil rights, civil liberties, and

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