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house Bill H.R. 3654

Does the President Need to Develop a Strategy for Keeping Terrorists Off Social Media?

Argument in favor

The President needs to finally develop a strategy for stopping terrorists’ use of social media as a tool to recruit and spread propaganda after committing to do so in 2011, and Congress needs updates on actions the Administration has taken.

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12/17/2015
A strategy here seems like a good idea. But the devil will be in the details...
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Victor's Opinion
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12/15/2015
This bill is NOT an infringement on our first amendment rights. It merely requires the president to provide a detailed report to Congress regarding the use of social media by terrorist networks. Furthermore, it enhances the relay of information between the federal government and social media companies regarding terrorist movements and communication on social media sites. This is the 21st century, people - wars aren't just fought on battlefields anymore. Relax, the government is not coming after you nor are they trying limit the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/14/2015
We should limit the amount of recruitment that terrorist organizations are using via social media. However, I don't support the government censoring or restricting the Internet in general to eliminate terrorists usage of social media.
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Argument opposed

While more needs to be done about the influence of terrorist groups on social media, the federal government shouldn’t be interfering with the relationship between a company and the free speech rights of its users.

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12/15/2015
While terrorism is a terrible thing that should be stopped at all costs, it would be a better idea simply to destroy them in a war. Plus, social media is a global thing, and the U.S. has no right to claim ownership.
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TheWhiteInferno's Opinion
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12/15/2015
First amendment assholes. You can't censor or control anyone's speech. Even terrorists.
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09/16/2016
I don't TRUST Barack Hussein Obama to develop such a strategy, given his OBVIOUS BIAS in favor of Muslims, Communists, globalists, cop haters and racists, and his obvious bias AGAINST Constitutional conservatives, Christians, gun owners and patriots who are trying to uphold and defend our Republic from foreign AND domestic enemies! Why don't the House and Senate Committees on Homeland Security have subcommittees to develop this strategy?!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed December 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedSeptember 30th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 3654?

This bill would require the President to prepare a report on U.S. strategy to get terrorist organizations off social media channels. The report would include five sections:

  • An evaluation of the role social media plays in radicalization in the U.S. and elsewhere;

  • An analysis of how terrorists and terrorist organizations use social media;

  • Recommendations for improving the federal government’s efforts to disrupt the use of social media by terrorists and terrorist organizations;

  • A classified assessment of the intelligence value of terrorist social media posts;

  • A classified overview of training available to law enforcement and intelligence personnel to combat terrorists on social media and recommendations to improve existing training.

The President would also have to report to Congress with a policy plan for enhancing the exchange of information between the federal government and social media companies when terrorists use their platforms. The president would also have to report on the comprehensive strategy outlining terrorists’ and terrorist organizations’ use of social media. A strategy has already been outlined and committed to in the President’s 2011 Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the U.S.

Impact

Social media companies, people who use their platforms, intelligence and homeland security agencies, Congress, and the President.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3654

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced this bill to help put a stop to recruiting efforts by terrorist organizations on 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.”

This bill currently has 16 cosponsors in the House including nine Democrats and seven Republicans The House Foreign Affairs Committee reported this bill by unanimous consent.


Of Note: In the fall of 2014 it was estimated that there were at least 45,000 Twitter accounts used by ISIS supporters, while other terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, the al-Nusra front and Al Qaeda affiliates also have a substantial social media presence.

There have been concerns expressed about the effect that this legislation would have on the reporting of terrorist activity, and the White House is planning to meet with representatives of the tech industry to determine areas where social media companies can assist the government.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015

Official Title

To require a report on United States strategy to combat terrorist use of social media, and for other purposes.

    A strategy here seems like a good idea. But the devil will be in the details...
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    While terrorism is a terrible thing that should be stopped at all costs, it would be a better idea simply to destroy them in a war. Plus, social media is a global thing, and the U.S. has no right to claim ownership.
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    This bill is NOT an infringement on our first amendment rights. It merely requires the president to provide a detailed report to Congress regarding the use of social media by terrorist networks. Furthermore, it enhances the relay of information between the federal government and social media companies regarding terrorist movements and communication on social media sites. This is the 21st century, people - wars aren't just fought on battlefields anymore. Relax, the government is not coming after you nor are they trying limit the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.
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    This is a problem to be solved by the industry NOT the government.
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    We should limit the amount of recruitment that terrorist organizations are using via social media. However, I don't support the government censoring or restricting the Internet in general to eliminate terrorists usage of social media.
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    As long as they are not U.S. Citizens it's fine but if they are it's unconstitutional to take away someone's rights without due process
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    First amendment assholes. You can't censor or control anyone's speech. Even terrorists.
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    Absolutely. Maybe not keep them off but keep this network out of America. Young and naive people see this and they get drawn to ISIS. We can't help naivety of some people, but the least we can do is keep the bad guys out of our systems
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    Fact, ISIS's social media propaganda is being used to recruit and radicalize Muslims. Yet having a point of origin to obtain a warrant(through a judge), track, follow and intercept suspected foreign terrorist via social media, is a wiser decision verses closing down those lines of communication.
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    I don't TRUST Barack Hussein Obama to develop such a strategy, given his OBVIOUS BIAS in favor of Muslims, Communists, globalists, cop haters and racists, and his obvious bias AGAINST Constitutional conservatives, Christians, gun owners and patriots who are trying to uphold and defend our Republic from foreign AND domestic enemies! Why don't the House and Senate Committees on Homeland Security have subcommittees to develop this strategy?!
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    The President now is the enemy!
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    Don't you want them out in the open where we can see them? They will just go underground. Plus, Obama doesn't even think there's a problem.
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    No way no how! The fed needs to stay away from Social Media entirely! This "president" must not be allowed to interfere with any type of social interactions between Americans ... his record of attacking our Constitutional liberties is proof that he and his administration would like nothing less than to be able to monitor, regulate and control the flow of open communication that exists online; this is yet one more affront to the rights of Americans to engage in the free flow of ideas without the fear of government reprisals, and must not even come under consideration! I strongly vote NAY on this one!
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    The President needs to develop a strategy for keeping terrorist out of the Country
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    Yes it might work but we need to try
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    What we need to do is find a way to understand their encryption. Same way we broke Enigma and beat the Nazi's in WWII
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    So how can the #POTUS keep terrorist off social media? Can the #POTUS instruct "Social Media" to delete terrorists? What about the 1stA? Would court orders be required or can #POTUS direct removal by Executive Order by waving his scepter?
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    I thought anonymous was taking care of this for us? Joking aside, we should not be meddling in the affairs of free speech or we risk becoming like other communist state run media countries.
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    It's most important that terrorists be stopped whichever ways are possible!
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    The President ca request that social remove speech and speakers that violate 1st amendments (inciting riots, overthrow of government, urging felonious behaviors) but he can go no further without violating the rights of Americans.
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