Lawmakers Propose to Have Social Media Companies Report "Terrorist Activity"

(AP-U.S. News) Tami Abdollah - Responding to the San Bernardino shootings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced legislation Tuesday to require social media companies to report any online terrorist activity they become aware of to law enforcement, such as attack planning, recruiting or distribution of terrorist material. Social media increasingly has become a tool of recruitment and radicalization used by Islamic State, and tech companies are dedicating more resources to tracking reports of terrorist or other violent threats. The bill models a law that requires reporting of online child pornography. But it's also unclear if the bill is necessary. FBI Director James Comey, discussing the tech industry, told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in July: "I do find in practice that they are pretty good about telling us what they see."

2015-12-09 00:00:00

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