Nina Jankowicz, who was slated to head the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Disinformation Governance Board has reportedly resigned from her position within the now paused program.
Jankowicz said that with the future of the DHS board currently uncertain, she has decided to return to the public sphere, a resignation statement released by her spokesperson, and obtained by CNN, states.
"After six years dedicated to the study of disinformation and best practices in responding to it, I joined the Department of Homeland Security to be the executive director of the Disinformation Governance Board with the intention of supporting the Department's important work addressing disinformation that affects the homeland," she said.
"With the Board's work paused and its future uncertain ... I have decided to leave DHS to return to my work in the public sphere. It is deeply disappointing that mischaracterizations of the Board became a distraction from the Department's vital work, and indeed, along with recent events globally and nationally, embodies why it is necessary. I maintain my commitment to building awareness of disinformation's threats and trust the Department will do the same," Jankowicz said.
Her resignation statement follows a report from The Washington Post stating that the DHS has paused the disinformation board after widespread backlash against it. Twitter users had taken to calling the board the "Ministry of Truth," a reference to the George Orwell novel 1984.
Twitter users celebrated Jankowicz resignation, with South Carolina Representative Candidate Tim Swaine calling it "a win for freedom and the American people."
Benny Johnson of Turning Point USA thanked Human Events' Jack Posobiec for "causing the collapse of Biden's Ministry of Truth" due to his posts on Twitter, an action that The Washington Post called out.
The article, written by The Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz, had also singled out this outlet for having a hand in the downfall of the board, alongside outlets like the New York Post, the Daily Caller, and Breitbart.