In a recent interview with Just the News, Indiana State Attorney General Todd Rokita compared the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) to something that would be found in China. He also said that the state cannot do anything, like file a lawsuit, until they “do their first stupid thing, which will be their first thing.”
There are other measures that can be taken besides a suit. Indiana joined 19 other states’ Attorneys General in signing a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warning him to disband the DGB. Mayorkas has been in damage-control mode ever since the announcement of the board. Nina Jankowicz, newly appointed “czar” of the board, hasn’t done herself any favors with her unusual social media posts.
Understandably, conservatives are concerned that the DGB will be used to stifle dissent. Elon Musk, the soon-to-be owner of Twitter has even weighed in on the issue, calling the creation of the board, and its creation just after Musk purchased Twitter, “messed up.”
There is an argument to be made that Musk is one of the reasons the Biden administration needs an agency to monitor information online. Before Twitter’s recent purchase, most social media platforms were content with towing the party line. The tech class is overwhelmingly liberal (except on regulation), the Democrats could reliably depend on them to censor stories that ran counter to the preferred narrative.
With Musk about to take the reins of Twitter, it is likely that he will attempt to create a true public square for debate and discussion. The platform has a monthly user base of approximately 330 million people. It is large enough that if it is not controlled it could seriously jeopardize the left’s hold on information. That is why Indiana and other states have decided to go on the offensive regarding the DGB, and the left is trying its best to salvage it. Time will tell who will prevail.