facebook linkedin twitter

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media

February 27, 2020 by Dan McCue
(Dreamstime/TNS)

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line.

The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar Act of 2019, was introduced by Rep. Max Rose, of New York, co-chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on National Security and chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism.

“The second we start to think that we’re doing enough to confront the spread of hatred and violence online is the second we will lose this battle,” Rep. Rose said.

“Those looking to exploit social media platforms to spread terrorist content are always working to stay a step ahead, and these social media companies have a responsibility to leave no stone unturned in confronting this problem,” he continued. “The Raising the Bar Act is an innovative way to hold social media companies accountable and ensure they’re living up to their own standards when it comes to removing terrorist content from their platforms.”

Rose said he drew inspiration for the Act from the European Union’s Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online.

His bill would establish an exercise program in which online terrorist content is flagged for social media companies. During each exercise, approved flaggers would identify terrorist content to help test a company’s ability to address such content on their platforms within 24 hours.

Social media companies would then be rated on their performance in each exercise by a lead institution, such as a university or non-profit organization, which will be selected by the Department of Homeland Security.

“It’s time for social media companies to hit delete on terrorist digital content,” said Rep. Kendra Horn, of Oklahoma, the other co-chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on National Security. “Too often, American social media platforms are used to promote violence and recruit for terrorist networks.

“Today’s legislation provides an innovative strategy for combating terrorist content online by providing social media companies with modern standards for accountability for the content posted on their platforms,” she added.

Social Media

October 14, 2021
by Victoria Turner
Cybersecurity Experts Point to More Investment Needed in Detection, Response

WASHINGTON -- If everyone were to employ proper cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication or not clicking on links in phishing... Read More

WASHINGTON -- If everyone were to employ proper cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication or not clicking on links in phishing emails, more than 85% of cyberattacks would be prevented, said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Thursday.  “The best hack is the one that doesn’t happen,” King said... Read More

October 13, 2021
by Victoria Turner
BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder... Read More

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder of AccesSOS, Tuesday.  Wong’s comment came during the Camelback Venture’s Guardian Summit panel discussion where she was joined by two other socially-driven app founders and executives... Read More

October 12, 2021
by Victoria Turner
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your family's repeated requests for its removal. ... Read More

October 5, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Whistleblower Accuses Facebook of Deceiving Public for Profit

WASHINGTON -- A former Facebook product manager told a Senate panel Tuesday that the social media giant had the potential... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A former Facebook product manager told a Senate panel Tuesday that the social media giant had the potential for great good but instead was focused only on its own profits. “The choices being made inside of Facebook are disastrous,” said Frances Haugen. She put... Read More

Ex-Facebook Manager Alleges Social Network Fed Capitol Riot

NEW YORK (AP) — A data scientist who was revealed Sunday as the Facebook whistleblower says that whenever there was... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — A data scientist who was revealed Sunday as the Facebook whistleblower says that whenever there was a conflict between the public good and what benefited the company, the social media giant would choose its own interests. Frances Haugen was identified in a... Read More

September 29, 2021
by Dan McCue
YouTube Expands Effort to Fight Misinformation in Vaccine Videos

YouTube revamped its medical misinformation policies on Wednesday, advancing a new set of guidelines on vaccines that have already been... Read More

YouTube revamped its medical misinformation policies on Wednesday, advancing a new set of guidelines on vaccines that have already been approved and confirmed safe and effective by health authorities, including the World Health Organization. In a blog post on its website attributed to “The YouTube Team,”... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top