Feds Look to Enlist Social Media Companies in Fight Against Terrorism

Posted July 10, 2015 at 5:00am

“Social media operators such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube would have to notify federal authorities of online ‘terrorist activity,’ according to the text of a bill approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Reuters reports.  

“The types of communication include postings related to ‘explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction,’ according to the text. An official familiar with the bill said it was sent to the Senate floor for a vote. The official said its main purpose was to give social media companies additional legal protection if they reported to the authorities on traffic circulated by their users, rather than coerce them to spy on users.”  

“The social media legislation, part of a larger intelligence authorization bill, would not require social media companies to monitor specific users or content posted by individuals. Nor would it penalize companies that failed to comply.”