WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism issued the following statement on Facebook's announcement of a new partnership with Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube to battle the use of social media by terrorists. The new innovative program will be launched in early 2017. The companies will create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to help automatically identify terrorist videos or images that will facilitate quick identification of the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. Congressman Poe has long called for these precise reforms through legislation and other means.
“This new partnership between some of the world’s foremost media and technology companies marks a bold, new step in our battle against the cancer of radical Islamic terrorism that has been compounded by the ubiquitous reach of the internet," said Chairman Poe. "The terrorists have exploited the internet to spread their hateful ideas throughout the world and recruit more vulnerable people to their murderous ranks. This new initiative will hopefully mark a turning point in the battle of ideas by making it that much harder for terrorists to use the internet as a loudspeaker for their evil.”
Chairman Poe is the author of the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act, which passed the House last year.