WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, introduced H.R. 3654 the “Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015”. This bill would require the Administration to fulfill its 2011 commitment to come up with a comprehensive strategy to counter terrorists’ use of social media. The bill also requires the Administration to outline and report to Congress on its own efforts and those in coordination with private companies to combat terrorist use of social media.
“The threat of ‘lone wolf’ terrorism is greater than ever before thanks to the viral spread of jihadism online. Social media has given ISIS leaders in the Middle East the ability to reach and radicalize teenagers in Western basements—instantly and for free. Jihadists fundraise, spread the cancer of radical Islam and recruit through American social media companies. As a result, tens of thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world have left their homes and joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Our government fights back by cutting off terrorist bank accounts; it’s time we cut off their Twitter accounts too. We must defeat the enemy on every battlefield and that includes the web.”