Senior lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require social-media companies to report online terrorist activity, escalating a dispute between Silicon Valley and Congress over technology companies’ role in national security.
Sens. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the chairman and vice chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the bill would direct social-media and other firms to provide information when they discover communication that could be connected to a potential threat.
A similar law already exists for companies that discover child pornography.
A version of the legislation had already been included in a classified bill that authorized spending programs for intelligence agencies, but it was stripped from the final version. Now Mr. Burr and Mrs. Feinstein say they believe the measure should be revisited following the terror attacks last week in San Bernardino, Calif.
“Social media is one part of a large puzzle that law-enforcement and intelligence officials must piece together to prevent future attacks,” Mr. Burr said. "It’s critical that Congress works together to ensure that law-enforcement and intelligence officials have the tools available to keep Americans safe.”Read the rest of the story HERE.
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