Set in San Jose, the meeting — the details of which were first reported by Reuters — will focus on ways to hinder the ability of terrorists to radicalize individuals through social networks and the broader web. Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are among the technology companies slated to attend, according to people familiar with the meeting. The representatives will also discuss how their platforms can be used to help others promote alternative views to undercut ISIS.
“The White House sees Silicon Valley as an integral part of fighting the propaganda from ISIL and other groups,” a White House official told BuzzFeed News. “There needs to be a concerted effort to fight the ISIL propaganda.”
FBI Director James Comey says that ISIS has been using sites like Twitter as a means of recruiting.
“They are pushing this through Twitter,” Comey said at a hearing last summer. The recruitment efforts often begin on public channels then disappear into private messaging apps. “So its no longer the case that someone who is troubled needs to go find this propaganda and this motivation. It buzzes in their pocket. There is a device — almost a devil on their shoulder — all day long, saying: ‘Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill.’”
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