from The Hill
The chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee is requesting that tech companies brief Congress on
their efforts to crack down on violent extremists following the
livestreaming of last week’s massacre in New Zealand.
Rep. Bennie Thompson
(D-Miss.) sent letters to the chief executives of Facebook, YouTube,
Twitter and Microsoft saying that he was “deeply concerned” that the
suspected attacker was able to livestream his killing spree on Facebook
and that other companies struggled to suppress the footage in the hours
“You must do
better. It is clear from the recent pattern of horrific mass violence
and thwarted attempts at mass violence — here and abroad — that this is
not merely an American issue but a global one. Your companies must
prioritize responding to these toxic and violent ideologies with
resources and attention,” Thompson wrote.
“If you are unwilling to do so, Congress
must consider policies to ensure that terrorist content is not
distributed on your platforms — including by studying the examples being
set by other countries,” he added...
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