Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds and spread propaganda.
A proposal by the New Jersey Democrat, the Online Arsenal to Combat Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would fine Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms for knowingly permitting terrorist organizations to use their pages.
The proposal also calls for aggressive action against terrorist organizations who use cryptocurrency to finance impending attacks.
Gottheimer unveiled his proposal during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
He was joined on the Zoom call by Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Ed Donnelly, president of the N.J. Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association; and Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president for research of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
During the call, which came just days before the annual commemoration of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Gottheimer acknowledged that foreign terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda are still very much a concern for the nation, but said domestic terror is a growing concern.
Jared Maples agreed.
“The white supremacist movement has really risen to the point that in New Jersey we’re the very first state or public entity to name them as a top tier terrorist threat,” he said.
“Traditionally Hamas and ISIS and some of the other terrorist groups have used cryptocurrency and social media platforms to recruit, launch attacks and fundraise. But now we’re starting to see that from white supremacist aligned groups, so we’re starting to see a comingling between the two,” Maples said.
Gottheimer, portions of whose district overlook lower Manhattan, site of the destroyed Twin Towers, has long been an advocate of the nation doing all it can to prevent a future terrorist attack in the United States.
Among the bills he’s proposed toward this end are:
- The FASTER ACT, which would give law enforcement the ability to freeze the assets of suspected terrorists;
- The Saracini Enhanced Aviation Safety Act, which calls for the installation of secondary cockpits barriers on airplanes to help prevent a possible takeover; and
- The Never Forget the Heroes Act, which ensures support for 9/11 survivors and first responders who have suffered injuries and financial stress as a result of the attacks.
“There is simply no reason why terrorist organizations that have killed countless Americans and our allies, deserve access to social media platforms to promote themselves as sponsors of violent, radical, hate-filled extremism,” Gottheimer said.
Josh Gottheimer’s press conference can be seen here.
In The News
Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds and spread propaganda. A proposal by the New Jersey Democrat, the Online Arsenal to Combat Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would fine Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social... Read More
Facebook is trying to learn from its mistakes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday morning that the social media site will roll out a series of new measures to avoid a repeat of 2016, including banning any new political ads for the week leading up to Election... Read More
Twitter Inc. completed its review of the 130 accounts that were hacked on its social network last week and discovered that the attackers accessed direct messages for as many as 36 of them, including one elected official in the Netherlands. Twitter’s analysis offered no indication that... Read More
For the musician Nick Parker, a dream 17 years in the making was just coming to fruition when the coronavirus outbreak suddenly brought the world's arts and entertainment industries to a screeching halt. The son of the acclaimed artist Robert Andrew Parker, whose work hangs in... Read More
SEATTLE — When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious. So what’s the situation six months... Read More
WASHINGTON — The 78 days between Election Day this fall and Inauguration Day next January could be a greatly unsettled time for American democracy. Unlike most presidential elections, when ballots are tallied and counted in a majority of precincts by midnight on Election Day and news... Read More