A reading of the book How to Be a Woman Online: Surviving Abuse and Harassment, and How to Fight Back by Nina Jankowicz, the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security, recently launched a “Disinformation Governance Council,” revealing the author advocating for internet censorship to protect women from mean tweets.
Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, dove deep into the book and posted a takeaway live-tweet thread of her reading.
“I’m 2 chapters away from Truth Minister Nina Jankowicz’s book, and she argues that we should censor the internet to protect women from mean tweets. She shares the story of her friend, who went on an exotic vacation to Thailand to recover from ‘online abuse,’ Pushaw wrote.
“Next, Minister of Truth Nina Jankowicz tells the story of another online friend who writes for The New York Times. This woman reduced her use of Twitter due to ‘abuse’ (criticism of her journalism) . She still writes for the NYT. Supposed to believe she’s been ‘silent’?” Pushaw continued.
After completing the second chapter, Pushaw wrote, “End of Chapter 2: Minister of Truth Nina Jankowicz insists that she is definitely NOT a ‘stupid, disfigured, active CIA bimbo and of the Deep State.’ She concludes, “Most importantly, I’m not a bad person. How can this be real?”
Pushaw commented that “The central problem with Nina Jankowicz’s argument, aside from her squeaky personality, is that she believes ‘freedom of speech’ means ‘freedom to say what I want, but nobody ‘is allowed to disagree or say anything rude or negative to me in response to my freedom of speech.'”
After reading a page where Jankowicz lamented that women in diplomatic posts in Ukraine also have to do domestic chores at home, Pushaw wrote, “Hoo boy…if that’s the worst -sexism- she’s seen working in a former Soviet country, all I can say is she’s lucky. It is NOTHING, comparatively. And where do you get the self-confidence to think that someone will actually read your ‘paragraph-long complaint’?”
After Jankowicz alleged that while she was in Ukraine on a role-playing exercise, she was asked to “play that bitch from the The Wall Street Journal,” Pushaw joked (I liked reading that Nina Jankowicz considers the Ukrainian government to be ‘very traditional and misogynistic’… I’m sure it’s wrong to speak now!)”
Pushaw added about the incident: “I can talk about this part, because I also worked in strategic communications in ex-Soviet countries: Ukrainian politicians did not ignore you because they are ” misogynists. They ignored you because an intern from Georgetown doesn’t know enough about their country to advise them.”
Continuing to read, Pushaw wrote that Jankowicz “wrote next about a corporate media reporter who called the CEO of a company to complain about ‘harassment’ (criticism of his reporting) from employees of This CEO. The Minister of Truth tells women that this is a great way to silence their critics online.”
Pushaw explained that Jankowicz “then interviews a group of people she identifies as women who say they’ve experienced ‘online abuse’ and feel ‘targeted’ by ‘sexist misinformation.’ are ALL EXTREME LIBS. to ONE conservative woman for her book. Neutral?” Pushaw also tagged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who named Jankowicz, in the tweet.
Pushaw discovered that Washington Post “Reporter” Taylor Lorenz, who recently came under fire for revealing the personal details, including the home address of the user behind the anonymous Libs of TikTok Twitter account, “is one of Nina’s journalist friends who is ‘targeted by sexist misinformation’ and ‘silenced’ by ‘trolls’ who criticize his mind-blowing and courageous journalism”
Pushaw posted a photo of the book dedication which read, “To mom and dad for giving me the confidence to dress up as a bird princess and peck annoying little boys at the first grade Halloween parade .”
It was also revealed over the weekend that Jankowicz wrote in a January 2021 Twitter thread: “The biggest challenge in identifying this content for both our team and the platforms is what we’ve dubbed the ‘ malignant creativity’ — the coded language, memes and context-based content that allow harmful posts to evade detection.”
The post was part of a longer thread announcing the release of Malevolent Creativity: How Gender, Sex and Lies Are Weapons Against Women Online, which was co-written by Jankowicz with; Jillian Hunchak, Alexandra Pavliuc, Celia Davies, Shannon Pierson and Zoë Kaufmann.
According to Jankowicz, the only subjects of her report were Democrats Kamala Harris, Ilhan Omar, Gretchen Whitmer and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and did not study the abuse Republican women received online, but claimed, “Women have been the target of abuse across parties”.
Jankowicz pointed out in the thread that the report recommended that “platforms also need more intersectional expertise in content moderation as abuses against women, POCs and other marginalized communities pass too often unnoticed and untreated”.
She suggested that the most important solution to the problem was to introduce “incident reports, allowing abuse targets to bundle many pieces of content/campaigns together and giving moderators more context than a single tweet/ post, reducing the effectiveness of malicious creativity”.
She added, “We also encourage lawmakers to lead by example and end the gendered rhetoric that some politicians are using in Congress and in campaigns. We also hope that the VAWA will be reauthorized in the new Congress and will include provisions to mitigate online abuse.
Ironically, Jankowicz herself was revealed to have been spreading misinformation on a number of topics. Screenshots of old tweets revealed that Jankowicz called the Hunter Biden laptop Russian disinformation, criticized free speech and criticized Twitter’s decision to stop taking action against 2020 election posts.
Critics have expressed concerns about Jankowicz’s visible political bias and how it could affect his performance in his new position.
Jankowicz claimed in 2020 that the process of verifying what is “real” or “fake” online should not be the domain of the executive branch of government.