"A past senior aide to former President Barack Obama, who became a Google executive in charge of 'tackling disinformation', has joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a senior leader from this week.
Kristie Canegallo, who was vice president of Trust and Safety in Google beginning March 2018, was appointed chief of staff in DHS on Monday.
'I am excited to share with you that Kristie Canegallo will join our Department as our new Chief of Staff on January 10, 2022,' DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
'I have worked closely with Kristie in the past and know firsthand that she will be a great colleague and of tremendous support to us all,' Mayorkas said.
According to Google’s website, Canegallo’s role was to 'ensure Google is a trusted source of information, content, and interactions' across Google’s portfolio, including Google Search, Google News, YouTube, and advertising platforms.
Before that, Canegallo served as White House deputy chief of staff from 2014 through January 2017, during which time she crossed paths with Mayorkas, then-director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...
'Fighting disinformation' was an important part of Canegallo’s work with Google. In 2019 at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, she and her team presented a white paper (pdf) detailing how Google 'tackle[s] the intentional spread of misinformation.'...
In a co-authored article published in December 2020, Canegallo vowed to fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
One of the strategies is to raise 'authoritative information.' The article said that since the beginning of the pandemic, Google has given $250 million in grants 'to help more than 100 government agencies around the world run critical public service announcements about COVID-19.'
'Our teams have removed more than 700,000 videos related to dangerous or misleading COVID-19 medical information. We also continue to remove harmful COVID-19 misinformation across other products like Ads, Google Maps, and the Play store,' the article stated."
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