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Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, questioned representatives from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and the Anti-Defamation League on the efforts undertaken by tech companies to coordinate with law enforcement to prevent acts of violence.
“The rise of extremism online is a serious threat, and the internet has unfortunately proven a valuable tool to extremists who are connecting with one another through various forums to spread hate and dangerous ideologies,” said Senator Rosen. “While we’re here today to focus on the proliferation of extremism online, which of course is incredibly important, we must not lose sight of the fact that violent individuals who find communities online to fuel their hatred have also acted in the name of hate.”
“As we approach, unfortunately, the two-year anniversary of the 1 October shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, we know that coordination with and between law enforcement is more important than ever. The Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, also known as a fusion center, is an example of a dynamic partnership between 27 different law enforcement agencies to rapidly and accurately respond to terrorist and other threats. With Las Vegas hosting nearly 50 million tourists and visitors each year, the fusion center is responsible for preventing countless crimes and even acts of terrorism.,” Senator Rosen’s question continued.
“So to all of you, can you please discuss with us your coordination efforts with law enforcement when violent or threatening content is identified on your platforms, and what do you need from us as a legislative body to facilitate this partnership and keep our communities safe from another shooting like 1 October?” asked Senator Rosen.